Succession Planning in the Legislative Workplace

A Guide For State Legislatures



The managers and leaders of many state legislative staff agencies are “baby boomers” who are fast approaching retirement. Ensuring a smooth, seamless transition to new leadership without inadvertently disrupting the efficiency and effectiveness of the organization requires thoughtful consideration and planning.

Replacing key personnel can be a daunting task in any organization. This can be especially true for legislative staff agencies. Legislatures are fluid institutions. Continuing changes in political control, leadership, legislators, policies and issues can undermine transition strategies that are based on seniority or that merely replicate past leadership succession practices.

This pamphlet provides an overview of important succession planning concepts and keys to successful implementation.

Published July 2005

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