Georgia House Budget and Research Office Director New Staff Vice Chair for NCSL
Los Angeles—Martha Wigton was elected to the position of staff vice chair of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) at the 2018 Legislative Summit in Los Angeles. Wigton, the Georgia House Budget and Research Office director, will succeed to staff chair in 2019-2020. 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 and an organization I am proud to have been involved with since 1990. The services and opportunities they offer have proven to be invaluable for legislative staff across the country,” Wigton said. “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 12 professional staff associations and 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.
Wigton 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.
Wigton has worked for the Georgia General Assembly since 1991, first in the Lieutenant Governor’s Office as executive assistant for policy and budget and later as chief of staff. Since 2011 she has served as Director of the House Budget and Research Office where she provides policy and fiscal analysis to 180 members as well as furnishes the professional staff for all 38 legislative standing committees. Wigton has been an active member of NCSL since 2011, having served on numerous NCSL committees. Most recently she has served on the NCSL Executive Committee.
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.