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July 28, 2010

Rice Leads National Legislative Staff

Illinois legislative staffer will oversee NCSL's 10 staff sections

LOUISVILLE, KY. – Tim Rice will succeed to the position of staff chair of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). NCSL is a bipartisan organization that serves the nation’s 7,382 state lawmakers and more than 40,000 legislative staff. Rice served as vice chair of staff in 2009-2010.

Rice is the executive director of the Legislative Information System (LIS) for the Illinois General Assembly, a position he has held since 2004. He leads a staff of professionals who provide information technology solutions to the Illinois General Assembly. Rice has worked for the Illinois legislature since 1979.

“It is an honor and a privilege to represent and serve the people who staff state legislatures throughout the United States,” said Tim Rice. “These staff are a key component of American democracy with a wide range of responsibilities, and NCSL is an essential ingredient in the success of their efforts.“

NCSL is the premier professional development organization for legislative staff. It provides training, professional growth opportunities and information sharing for legislative staff. NCSL has 10 staff sections and a staff network that sponsor meetings, training and publications. Legislative staff are also eligible to be members of the NCSL standing committees, which address state policy issues and state-federal issues.

“My association with NCSL over the years has greatly enhanced my ability and that of LIS to serve the Illinois General Assembly and its constituents,” said Rice. “The contacts I’ve made and the lessons I’ve learned from peers around the United States and even from other countries are invaluable, and we’ve also been honored to share some of our own accomplishments with others. The information, resources and opportunities NCSL provides enable all of us to serve our legislatures and thus our citizens in the best possible manner.”

Rice has been active in NCSL for more than a decade. He has been a member of the National Association of Legislative Information Technology Staff Section (NALIT) since 1997 and the American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secretaries Staff Section (ASLCS) since 2005. Serving as a NALIT officer, he became a member of NCSL's Legislative Staff Coordinating Committee in 2000 and was elected to the NCSL Executive Committee in 2006.  He has also served as a staff vice chair of the Legislative Effectiveness Committee.

Rice is a board member of the International Health and Development Network, which is currently building a medical facility in Agbozume, Ghana. He and his wife live in rural Pleasant Plains, Ill., and have three adult children.

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.