Director of New Mexico's Legislative Council Service Takes New Post
Chicago—Raúl Burciaga, director of New Mexico’s Legislative Council Service, became the new staff chair of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) at the 2016 Legislative Summit. He served as staff vice-chair from 2015 - 2016. NCSL, a bipartisan organization, serves the nation’s 7,383 legislators and more than 20,000 legislative staff.
Burciaga formerly served on the Executive Committee of the National Conference of State Legislatures and the Executive Committee of NCSL’s Legal Services Staff Section. He also served as staff chair of NCSL’s Standing Committee on Health and as a member of the NCSL Task Force on Federal Health Care Reform and the NCSL Legislative Health Staff Network.
“NCSL is the premier organization for state legislatures across the country. The services and opportunities they offer have proven to be invaluable for legislative staff across the country,” said Burciaga. “The knowledge and experience I have gained, working with staff sections, standing committees, task forces, and the executive committee have provided great value to both me and the New Mexico Legislature. I am honored to serve as staff chair and I look forward to continuing my contributions toward the success of the organization.”
Burciaga joined the New Mexico Legislative Council Service in 2000 after graduating from the University of New Mexico School of Law. Before that, he worked for 15 years in the administration of federal health care programs, primarily Medicare and Indian Health Service, and also served as a Medicare consultant for several companies before attending law school. Burciaga has served as lead attorney for numerous legislative interim committees, primarily those dealing with health care issues.
NCSL is the only national organization that provides training, professional development opportunities and information sharing opportunities 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.