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Former State Legislators in the 116th Congress

Looking closer at the 116th Congress, 49 states have at least one former state legislator serving in either the House or Senate, Delaware being the exception. In total, the 116th Congress has 27 new members who are former state legislators.

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Butter Believe It: A Visit to the Pennsylvania Farm Show

When it comes to the most popular New Year’s resolutions, eating better always tops the list. But in my home state, the diet can't start until the end of the annual Pennsylvania Farm Show.

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Gender Diversity on Corporate Boards: What Will 2019 Bring?

Throughout 2018 and into 2019, gender diversity in the workplace has been an issue on the minds of many. From the private sector to courts and state legislatures, the lack of women serving in positions of power across all professions continues to be a hot topic.

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Nevada Legislature Makes History With Female Majority

With the appointment of two women, Beatrice Duran and Rochelle Nguyen, to fill vacant seats in the State Assembly, the Nevada Legislature made history yesterday by becoming the first state legislature to have a majority of female members.

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Trio of Lawmakers Honored for Efforts to Stymie Sexual Harassment

Three state legislators have earned spots in Governing magazine's annual Public Officials of the Year for their efforts in combatting sexual harassment.

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How Many Former State Legislators Serve in Congress?

When the 116th Congress convenes on Jan. 3, 2019, several of the new class of U.S. Senators and Representatives are likely to be former state legislators.

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American Evolution Celebrates the 'Class of 400' 2019 Virginia House of Delegates

The 400th anniversary of the very first convening of a democratically elected representative body, the House of Burgesses, in what would become the United States is coming up July 30, 2019.

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NCSL Commission Studies Idaho’s Mastery-Based Learning Network

“I think my parents are happy with what we’re doing because I actually get what I need,” says a fourth-grade student at Greenhurst Elementary in Nampa, Idaho. “Before, things were too easy for me in math—now that we switch classes to the right level, I’m learning more.” At the mastery-based Greenhurst Elementary, fourth-grade students might be working in fifth-grade math standards and third-grade grade literacy standards.

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Pew Report: States Vary in Approach to Outcome Monitoring

With increasing legislative scrutiny on program effectiveness, state legislators use performance management systems, also known as outcome monitoring systems, for guidance. Nearly every state has an outcome monitoring system in place, yet just under half regularly review or audit performance indicators to evaluate success.

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Women Making a Difference in Politics Award: Senator Sara Howard

Nebraska Senator Sara Howard grew up in the district she now serves but she had never envisioned a life in politics.

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This blog offers updates on the National Conference of State Legislatures' research and training, the latest on federalism and the state legislative institution, and posts about state legislators and legislative staff. The blog is edited by NCSL staff and written primarily by NCSL's experts on public policy and the state legislative institution.