J.J. Gentry Tapped For Leadership Role at NCSL


Counsel for South Carolina Senate Is New Staff Vice Chair

NCSL press release

Nashville – J.J. Gentry was elected to the position of staff vice chair of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) at the 2019 Legislative Summit in Nashville. Gentry, counsel for the South Carolina Senate, will succeed to staff chair in 2020-2021. NCSL, a bipartisan organization, serves the nation’s 7,383 legislators and more than 25,000 legislative staff.

“NCSL is the premier organization for state legislatures across the country and an organization I am proud to have been involved with since 2001. The services and opportunities they offer have proven to be invaluable for legislative staff across the country,” said Gentry. “I have personally benefited through my experience working with staff sections, standing committees, 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 nine professional staff associations and various saff networks that sponsor meetings, training and publications. Legislative staffers are also eligible to be members of the NCSL standing committees, which address state policy issues and state-federal issues.

Gentry 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.

Gentry has worked for the South Carolina Legislature since 2001, serving with the House Education and Public Works Committee, the Senate Judiciary Committee, and the Senate Ethics Committee. His current responsibilities include acting as a consultant to legislators and legislative staff, monitoring the ethical conduct of legislators and legislative staff, conducting research, drafting legislation, facilitating hearings and meetings, and handling constituent and media relations. He has served in various other NCSL leadership positions during his time.


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.