2013 Legislative Staff Achievement Award Honoree

Legislative Research Librarians Staff Section (LRL)

Mary CampMary Camp
Texas Legislative Reference Library

Mary Camp has set a standard of leadership and service to the Legislative Research Librarians Staff Section, to her colleagues in the Texas Legislature, and to legislative staff throughout the nation. No stranger to honors and accolades, her abilities have been often noted and rewarded.
With over three decades of work for the State of Texas, Mary Camp is truly the person to know when it comes to questions about the Texas legislative process. In 2006, Mary's organizational and leadership abilities were recognized as she was named Director of the Legislative Reference Library; she had previously served as Assistant Director and Administrative Services Manager.
Mary's devotion and dedication to her work is properly acknowledged by her colleagues. Mary has been described by the Chief Clerk of the House as "the unsung hero of the Texas legislative process," the Senate Parliamentarian sees her "visionary work in developing research tools" as making Texas residents a part of the legislative process, rather than observers of the process; and the Senate Calendar Clerk simply sums up her "help and guidance" as "invaluable."
Mary Camp's extensive contributions to librarianship and the legislative community were recognized in 2009 with her election as Secretary of the Legislative Research Librarians Staff Section. The Chair of LRL, Elizabeth Lincoln, describes Mary as a "steady and wise presence" in all meetings.
In 2011 Mary Camp was named Chair of LRL.  She ably performed these new duties and guided LRL forward and upward to new heights. Even after stepping down as Chair, she continued to serve LRL, as Immediate Past Chair and as Co-Chair of the LRL By-Laws Revision Committee.
Mary has also led by example as a part of NCSL. She has served as moderator for NCSL webinars and also at the NCSL Legislative Summit. She has ably served on the Legislative Staff Coordinating Committee of NCSL and served on the Host State Committee of the Legislative Summit in 2011. She has repeatedly demonstrated an ability to bring together different viewpoints and personalities to mesh them into an agreed-upon singular vision.
Mary holds a Bachelor of Public Administration degree from St. Edward's University and a Master of Science in Information Studies degree from The University of Texas at Austin. She and her husband Crockett "Bear" Camp dote on their grandchildren and their furry felines; Mary is happy to share pictures of all.
Mary Camp's invaluable contributions and continuing service are hereby recognized as she is the 2013 Legislative Research Librarians' Legislative Staff Achievement Award recipient.