Director of New Mexico’s Legislative Council Service to Assume Leadership Role for NCSL


NCSL NewsRaúl Burciaga Is New NCSL Staff Vice Chair 

Seattle—Raúl Burciaga was elected to the position of staff vice chair of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) at the 2015 Legislative Summit in Seattle. Burciaga, director of New Mexico’s Legislative Council Service, will become staff chair in 2015-2016. NCSL, a bipartisan organization, serves the nation’s 7,383 legislators and more than 20,000 legislative staff.

“NCSL is the premier organization for state legislatures across the country. The services and opportunities they offer have proven to be invaluable for legislative staff across the country,” Burciaga said. “I have personally benefited through my experience working with staff sections, standing committees, the Task Force on Federal Health reform, and the Executive Committee. I am grateful to serve as staff vice chair and I look forward to continuing my contributions to the success of the organization.” 

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.

Burciaga becomes one of seven officers--four legislators and three legislative staff members--on NCSL’s 63-member Executive Committee, elected yearly, which includes both legislators and staff.

Burciaga joined the New Mexico Legislative Council Service in 2000 after graduating from the University of New Mexico School of Law. Before that, he worked for 15 years in the administration of federal health care programs, primarily Medicare and Indian Health Service, and also served as a Medicare consultant for several companies before attending law school. Burciaga has served as lead attorney for numerous legislative interim committees, primarily those dealing with health care issues. Burciaga formerly served on the Executive Committee of the National Conference of State Legislatures and the Executive Committee of NCSL’s Legal Services Staff Section. He also served as staff chair of NCSL’s Standing Committee on Health and as a member of the NCSL Task Force on Federal Health Care Reform and the NCSL Legislative Health Staff Network.

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.