What is the Summit all about?


The nation’s premier meeting of legislators and staff this summer in Chicago Aug. 6-9;to BUILD STRONG STATES.
Republicans, Democrats and legislative staff from all 50 states come together at NCSL’s Legislative Summit to work on America’s toughest issues. You will meet colleagues from across the country, share ideas, talk with experts, learn from nationally renowned speakers, discover policy solutions and develop a states’ agenda for NCSL to take to Washington, D.C.


Who will be speaking?

Doris Kearns Goodwin
What can we learn about leadership from Teddy Roosevelt, who faced similar economic and political turmoil as we do today? Author Goodwin will captivate us with stories of the Rough Rider president.

Neil Newhouse and Peter Hart
These popular partisan pollsters will pontificate on how the upcoming election might play out.

John Engler, Douglas Oberhelman and Edward B. Rust Jr.
These three business leaders will give their perspectives on what it takes to create jobs and the different roles government and businesses can play.

Diane Swonk
It's all about the economy, and this highly respected economic forecaster will share with us what we might expect in the months ahead.

What will I gain?

  • Ideas to save your state budget millions
  • Innovative approaches to solve the most critical issues in your state.
  • Skills to become even more effective in your job
  • Strong voice for states in Congress
  • Knowledge from colleagues on solving difficult policy problems
  • Connections with legislators and staff across the nation and both sides of the aisle.
  • Unparalleled staff training
  • All sides of the issues
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NCSL is offering a smartphone and tablet app so that you can create a personal Summit agenda.  View app instructions.

What they say ...

“We have Republicans, we have Democrats. We’re not talking about one side, we’re talking about both sides—and I want to hear both sides because eventually we are going to debate both sides of the issue in our chamber.” Georgia Senator Don Balfour (R)

“Just in juvenile justice we’ve saved over $200 million in Texas following something that the state of Iowa did. We learned it here and we took it home.” Texas Senator Letitia Van de Putte (D)