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By Megan McClure

Do you know of legislative staffers, or a legislative agency, who go above and beyond in their service to their peers, lawmakers and the legislative institution?

Johnathan Ball of Utah and and Jon Heining, then NCSL's Staff ChairNominations are now being accepted for the Legislative Staff Achievement Awards.

“Legislative Staff Achievement Awards are the highest national honor given to legislative staff. Especially in this highly unusual time, when we are all witness to legislative staff rising to the challenges of a new world by applying their professional expertise and/or leadership," said NCSL Staff Chair Martha Wigton.

Aurora Hauke of Arkansas and Jon Heining"The formal acknowledgment of their impact on public service should be shared and celebrated! I encourage you to take a moment to nominate that very special peer from your office or professional staff association for recognition.” 

NCSL’s nine professional staff associations provide the opportunity to recognize exemplary legislative staff and agencies. Learn more about each association’s award process, including selection criteria and submission deadlines.

Front row, from left: Aurora Hauke (Arkansas), Catherine Wusterhausen (Texas), David Sauceda (Texas), Erin Gillitzer (Wisconsin), Jon Heining (Texas), Mendora Servin (California), Peter Capriglione (North Carolina), Tim Bommel (Missouri), Erica Shorkey (Iowa), Josette Friedl (Hawaii House Technical Support Services); Back row, from left: Jonathan Ball (Utah), Tim Hay (Florida), Ben Leishman (Utah), Ted Blazel (Wisconsin), Brad Hendrickson (Washington), Patrick Goldsmith (Louisiana), Lonnie A. Edgar Jr. (Mississippi), Craig Nakahara (Hawaii House Technical Support Services).

Recipients of 2020 Legislative Staff Achievement Awards will be recognized this summer by each association and announced on NCSL’s website, in a blog and in NCSL’s State Legislatures magazine. Legislative staff are a pillar of the legislative institution and often work behind the scenes to ensure its success. Now’s your chance to recognize their work and dedication.

Megan McClure is a research analyst with NCSL's Legislative Staff Services Program.

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