ASLCS Legislative Staff Achievement Awards

7/26/2022

Congratulations to the 2022 Recipients!

Jay T. Braxton
Assistant Clerk
Virginia House of Delegates

The American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secretaries (ASLCS) is proud to present Jay Braxton with the 2022 Legislative Staff Achievement Award for his dedication, service and leadership to the Virginia House of Delegates and ASLCS.

Jay has spent twenty-five years at the Virginia House. Appointed Assistant Clerk in 2011, he is responsible for the Support Services area of the Clerk’s Office and oversees a staff of seventy.

Long active in ASLCS, he has chaired several committees and served on the Executive Committee since 2016, including two years as Associate Vice-President. 

Jay serves as a key liaison and coordinator for a number of major program activities and projects within the Virginia House Clerk’s Office, including a large-scale move to a new building, where he has been instrumental in designing a building suited to the unique work done by the legislature. He’s also coordinated a virtual session, an outdoor session, one in a basketball arena and the 2022 gubernatorial inauguration.

Jay has a deep respect and love for the House of Delegates, its traditions and practices, and the legislative process. His colleagues, who submitted 5 nominations on his behalf, consider him a mentor and a friend – in addition to being an expert on all things legislature. They note that “everyone can rely on him” and “he will go the extra mile – or 10 – to help.” In short, they say, “we wouldn’t be the House Clerk’s Office without Jay Braxton.”
 

Timothy G. Sekerak
Chief Clerk
Oregon House of Representatives

ASLCS is proud to present its 2022 Legislative Staff Achievement Award to Tim Sekerak for his service to the Oregon House of Representatives, ASLCS and NCSL. Tim has worked with the legislative branch of government for 27 years in two states in various capacities, including as a Legislative Assistant, caucus staff attorney, legislative measure drafter and general in-house counsel for the Washington State House of Representatives. 

Chief Clerk in the Oregon House since 2014, he has been unanimously elected to his position three times. According to his colleagues, Tim has redefined the role, becoming the “steady, transparent and empathetic presence the legislature needed, seamlessly navigating the turbulent waters of the past several years,” which have included significant political division and cultural changes and the pandemic. His staff credits his wisdom, foresight and innovative mind. 

He is a “trusted sounding board to legislators of all parties who are confident in his ability to be transparent, ethical and consistently fair. He has embodied the integrity, reliability and values that are so vital in upholding Oregon’s legislative process. His dedication and commitment to the legislature AND his staff are unparalleled.”

Tim is President-Elect of ASLCS, has chaired several committees, serves on NCSL’s Legislative Staff Coordinating Committee and will be hosting next year’s ASLCS Professional Development Seminar. His colleagues summed up his nomination with this: “Tim’s approachability, likability and humility make him the epitome of what it means to be an authentic and effective leader in today’s uncertain world.”

2021 Recipients

Meggan Foesch 
Business Manager
Wisconsin Senate

Megan Martin
Secretary and Parliamentarian 
Pennsylvania Senate

2020 Recipients

Susan W. Kannarr
Chief Clerk of the House
Kansas

Bernadette C. McNulty
Chief Assistant Secretary of the Senate
California

2019 Recipients

Brad Hendrickson
Secretary of the Senate
Washington

Erin Gillitzer 
Senate Records and Journal Clerk
Wisconsin

Ted Blazel
Senate Sergeant at Arms
Wisconsin

2018 Recipients

  • Yolanda J. Dixon, First Assistant Secretary of the Senate | Louisiana
  • Susan Furlong, Chief Clerk of the Assembly | Nevada

2017 Recipients

  • Maryann Horch, Senior Systems Analyst of the Senate | Virginia
  • Steven T. James, Clerk of the House | Massachusetts

2016 Recipients

  • Janice A. Gadd, Legislative Printing Supervisor/Journal Clerk of the House | Utah
  • Sandra D. Tenney, Chief Clerk of the House | Utah

2015 Recipients

  • Norma Chastain, Assistant Chief Clerk of the House | Arizona
  • Marilyn Eddins, Chief Clerk of the House | Colorado

2014 Recipients

  • Nathan A. Hatfield, Assistant Clerk of the Senate | Virginia
  • Karen Wadsworth, Chief Clerk of the House | New Hampshire

2013 Recipients

  • Judith M. Barrows, Senior Systems Support Coordinator of the House | Maine
  • Terry L. Spieler, Secretary of the Senate | Missouri

2012 Recipients

  • Stephen R. Arias, Chief Clerk of the House | New Mexico
  • Ramona J. Kenady Line, Chief Clerk of the House | Oregon

2011 Recipients

  • Ann Cornwell, Director/Secretary of the Senate | Arkansas
  • Bruce F. Jamerson, Clerk of the House of Delegates | Virginia

2010 Recipients

  • McDowell Lee, Secretary of the Senate | Alabama
  • Patsy Spaw, Secretary of the Senate | Texas

2023 Call for Nominations

Do you know a colleague who deserves recognition for outstanding work? Please let us know! ASLCS is now accepting nominations for the 2022 Legislative Staff Achievement Award, created by the NCSL Legislative Staff Coordinating Committee in 1997. The Legislative Staff Achievement Award is presented annually by each of the nine NCSL Professional Staff Associations to honor those among their members who have supported the legislative process, improved the effectiveness of the legislative institution, and contributed to the work of their staff association. Each staff association may nominate up to two people, teams or legislative offices from its membership. 

NCSL will announce the recipients of the 2022 Legislative Staff Achievement Awards this summer. ASLCS honorees will be recognized at the NCSL “Salute to Legislative Staff” event and at the ASLCS Luncheon and Business Meeting during the NCSL Legislative Summit (Aug. 1-3 in Denver).  

All members of ASLCS are eligible and nominations may be submitted by either the nominee or by other members. The ASLCS selection committee will review the nominations and select the winner(s).