Head of Maryland Department of Legislative Services Takes on New Role
Seattle—Karl Aro, executive director of the Maryland Department of Legislative Services, will become the next staff chair of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) at the 2015 Legislative Summit. He served as staff vice-chair from 2014--2015. NCSL, a bipartisan organization, serves the nation’s 7,383 legislators and more than 20,000 legislative staff.
Aro has been an active member of NCSL for more than 20 years and has been a champion in advancing NCSL’s goals and values. He has held numerous leadership positions over the past few decades in the Research and Committee Staff Section, the Legislative Staff Coordinating Committee, the Legislative Effectiveness Committee and the Redistricting and Elections Committee.
“I am looking forward to continuing my long term relationship with NCSL as staff chair. NCSL is an extremely beneficial resource for legislative staff. I look forward to working with the Executive Committee to ensure that NCSL continues to be the “go to” source for legislative staff and legislators across the country.”
Aro has been working in the Maryland legislature for more than 35 years. He first joined the legislative staff in 1979 as a bill drafter and research analyst, eventually serving as the deputy director and director of the Research Division in one of the predecessor agencies to DLS. While he has worked in several policy areas, he is best known for redistricting and reapportionment, for which he was lead legislative staff at the beginning of each of the last four decades. Aro has been the executive director of the Department of Legislative Services since its creation in 1997.
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.
All meetings held in conjunction with NCSL’s Legislative Summit are open to the press. Registration is required but free to credentialed members of the media. Online registration is open and highly encouraged. Please review NCSL’s media policy before registering.
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.