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  • Meagan Dorsch
    Director of Public Affairs
  • Jon Kuhl
    Public Affairs Specialist
    Washington, D.C.
Aug. 13, 2012

Wright Selected to Help Lead Nation’s Legislative Staff

Chief of Staff to the Alaska House Speaker will serve in a national leadership role for legislative staff across the country.

CHICAGO – Tom Wright has been elected staff vice-chair of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). He will serve as staff vice chair for 2012-2013 and move to the position of staff chair in 2013. NCSL is a bipartisan organization that serves the nation’s 7,382 state lawmakers and more than 25,000 legislative staff.

“I am honored to represent not only Alaska staff, but the more than 35,000 legislative staff nationwide,” said Tom Wright.

Wright is the chief of staff for the Alaska Speaker of the House Mike Chenault. As chief of staff, Wright is responsible for the communications and daily schedule for the speaker. He has maintained this job for 11 years and has more than 25 years of House employment.

Wright was selected to be the staff vice chair at the 38th annual NCSL Legislative Summit in Chicago. He  has been a member of the Leadership Staff Section for over a decade and served as its chair in 2009-2010. He served on NCSL’s Executive Committee from 2010-2012. Wright has been an active member of NCSL’s Legislative Staff Coordinating Committee and helped lead several committees.

NCSL is the only national organization that provides training, professional growth opportunities and information sharing for legislative staff. There are 14 staff sections and networks that sponsor meetings, training and publications. Legislative staffers also are eligible to be members of the NCSL standing committees, which address state policy issues and state-federal issues.

Wright received his bachelor of communication arts from Michigan State University. He has lived in Alaska for over three decades. 

NCSL is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the states, commonwealths and territories. It provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues and is an effective and respected advocate for the interests of the states in the American federal system.