Peggy Piety, Senior Staff Attorney for the Indiana Legislative Services Agency, Assumes National Leadership Role in NCSL
Minneapolis—Margaret “Peggy” Piety of Indiana succeeded to the position of staff chair of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) at the 2014 Legislative Summit in Minneapolis. Piety, senior staff attorney for the Indiana Legislative Services Agency, previously served as staff vice-chair. NCSL, a bipartisan organization, serves the nation’s 7,383 legislators and more than 20,000 legislative staff.
“It is an honor to represent legislative staff from around the country,” said Piety. “Staff members are crucial to the success of state legislatures, and my priorities this year include continuing efforts to engage staff in NCSL, build on and strengthen NCSL’s staff programs and services, and find ways to help staff address trends and changes that affect legislatures.”
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 concerns and state-federal issues.
Piety is one of seven officers (four legislators and three legislative staff members) on NCSL’s 63-member Executive Committee. She has served as a full-time staff attorney for the Office of Bill Drafting and Research of the Indiana Legislative Services Agency since September 2000. She also was an attorney for the City of Indianapolis and in private practice. Piety received her B.A. and J.D. degrees from Indiana University,
“Peggy has been active in NCSL since 2002, and her experience and dedication will be invaluable to NCSL’s Executive Committee as well as the thousands of professionals who serve as legislative staff,” said NCSL Executive Director William Pound.
Since 1975, NCSL has served as the bipartisan organization serving 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.