Long-time NCSL Executive Director to Retire


William T. Pound Will Step Down by August 2019

NCSL press release

Denver—Having led the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) since 1987, Executive Director William T. Pound today announced his plans to retire by August 2019. NCSL’s officers plan to form a search committee to manage the succession process.

“I have found it very rewarding working with state legislatures and the elected officials and legislative staff who make them function and the quality people who have worked at NCSL over the years,” Pound said. “State legislatures will face substantial challenges in years ahead but their role in the federal system has grown stronger since NCSL was founded.”

Pound has worked at NCSL since its founding in 1975 and has been instrumental in the development of many of its innovative programs and services.

Pound has researched and written extensively on legislatures and the legislative process as well as fiscal and public finance issues. He has spoken to national and international audiences about state legislatures, public policy and federalism.

NCSL President and Illinois State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D) said, “Bill Pound’s knowledge of state legislatures is unprecedented, and we are so grateful for his commitment and service to NCSL for the past 42 years. Moving forward, we are going to search nationally to find a top-notch executive director to fill the big shoes that Bill is leaving behind. We will make sure his mission and vision continues.”

NCSL Staff Chair and General Counsel for the Texas Legislative Council Jon Heining said, “Bill has always believed in the critical role legislative staff provides and has been a champion of state legislative institutions. His leadership made NCSL what it is today.”


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.