Exit Interview | Advice From Former State Legislators


In many businesses when employees retire or leave the company, a meeting is often held to discuss their experiences. Riffing on that idea, NCSL's Exit Interview video series offers departing legislators the chance to share their most rewarding moments, biggest challenges and advice for the newly elected.

Common threads? It’s a lot of work, but if you put in the time, pay attention to details, develop a specialty and work across the aisle, as Senator Deb Soholt (R-S.D.) says, you’re going to have a blast.

“This is an incredible opportunity of a lifetime to be seated in a statehouse, to work on meaningful things with others,” she says. “Do it with integrity, sit back and learn a ton in the beginning, develop core relationships that will serve you well throughout your entire work and really listen. You’re going to have a great time.” 

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Representative Valencia Stovall | Georgia

Representative Cynthia Thielen | Hawaii

Senator Deb Soholt | South Dakota

Senator Dean Mortimer | Idaho

Senator Ralph Okerlund | Utah

Representative Jan Kessinger | Kansas