NCSL StateVote 2016 Post-Election Briefing | Nov. 14, 2016


StateVote 2016The election is over and voters have decided on a new president, a dozen gubernatorial elections and nearly 6,000 state legislative seats.

Join NCSL elections analysts and national political experts for a post-election discussion about what the outcome means for states, and what to expect in the upcoming legislative sessions.  

The event will be held Monday, Nov. 14, 2016, from 1-5 p.m. at the National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor, Washington, D.C. Online registration is now closed, but on-site registration will be available. 

NCSL is presenting this event in cooperation with The Hill.

Visit the 2016 NCSL StateVote page for analysis and discussion of all things related to Election 2016 and what it means for state policy in the coming year.









2016 NCSL StateVote Meeting | Monday, Nov. 14

12:30-1 p.m. | On-site Registration

1-1:15 p.m. | Welcome and Introductions

Nancy Rhyme, NCSLJohanna Derlega


  • Nancy Rhyme, deputy executive director, NCSL
  • Johanna Derlega, publisher, The Hill, Washington, D.C.

1:15-2:30 p.m. | 2016 State Election Analysis: Trends and Outcomes

Tim Storey, NCSLDaniel Diorio, NCSLWendy Underhill, NCSLHear the most up-to-date election overview and analysis from NCSL experts on state legislative elections and ballot initiatives. Get the complete picture of what happened and what it means.



  • Tim Storey, NCSL
  • Daniel Diorio is a policy specialist with the NCSL. He edits The Canvass, NCSL’s monthly newsletter that summarizes complex election issues and trends for busy state legislators, legislative staff and all others with an interest in election policy. Diorio also conducts research and analysis on election administration policy. Before joining NCSL, Diorio worked in the Massachusetts Legislature, the U.S. Senate and for a private energy software company. He received his B.A. from Boston College.
  • Wendy Underhill is the director for elections and redistricting at NCSL. She has been with NCSL for six years. During the first four years, Underhill specialized in research and analysis on elections issues, such as online voter registration, voter ID, voting technology, early voting and more. Most recently she has added redistricting to her portfolio, continuing NCSL’s decades-long tradition of providing objective, bipartisan information and analysis on redistricting law and processes. Underhill  previously worked as a policy analyst for the U. S. Senate and the U.S. Department of the Treasury, and in management for various Colorado nonprofits.

2:30-3:15 p.m.  | 2016 Elections in Perspective

Amy Walter, Cook Political ReportEvery election season unfolds in unexpected and interesting ways—but how will the winners govern? What can we expect from the new leaders in Washington? How will governing, and future elections, reflect the 2016 campaign season? Hear a distinguished media observer frame the big picture. 



  • Amy Walter is the national editor of The Cook Political Report inwashington, D.C., where she provides analysis of the issues, trends and events that shape the political environment. Her weekly column appears at Over the past 14 years, Walter has built a reputation as an accurate, objective and insightful political analyst with unparalleled access to campaign insiders and decision-makers. Known as one of the best political journalists covering Washington, she is the former political director of ABC News. 

3:15-4 p.m.  | The State Agenda for 2017

Dan Patrick, Texas lieutenant governorSenator Mike Gronstal, Iowa What issues will legislatures be focused on in 2017? Two prominent legislative leaders will preview what they and their peers will be tackling in January when sessions convene. They'll also discuss how they plan to work with the new administration?



  • Tim Storey, NCSL


  • Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick was elected lieutenant governor of Texas in 2014, winning the general election by almost 20 points. Patrick is a member of the board of the Republican Lieutenant Governors Association. He was twice elected to the Texas Senate from District 7 in Houston and Northwest Harris County. He is a small-business man and radio host, a former television anchor, sportscaster, musician, Christian author and movie producer.
  • Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal, president of NCSL, has served in the Iowa Senate since 1985 and was a member of the Iowa House from 1983-1985. He represents Council Bluffs and Carter Lake on the western border of Iowa. Gronstal is the Senate majority leader and chairs the Rules and Administration Committee. 

4-4:30 p.m. | Changes on the Hill: What It Means for States

Senator Curt Bramble, UtahReid Wilson, The HillThe outcome of 2016 congressional elections will have major ramifications for state legislatures. Hear about the new congressional lineup and how it will affect the state-federal dynamic.



  • Senator Curt Bramble of Utah, NCSL's immediate past president, was elected to the Utah Senate in November 2000. He is in his fourth term and previously served as Senate majority leader. He currently is  Senate president pro tempore. Bramble, a CPA, is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Utah Association of Certified Public Accountants. Bramble began his college career at the University of Notre Dame, and earned his bachelor's and master’s degrees in accounting from Brigham Young University. 


  • Reid Wilson is a national correspondent for The Hill. Previously he was chief political correspondent and Congress editor for Morning Consult.  Wilson was the editor and lead author of the Washington Post’s morning political tip sheet Read In before Morning Consult. He is also the former editor and head of the Washington Post’s GovBeat and the former editor-in-chief of National Journal’s The Hotline. His work has appeared in outlets like the New York Times, the Hill, RealClearPolitics, the Atlantic Monthly, the New Republic, and other major news networks.

4:30-5 p.m.  | The U.S. Supreme Court: Outlook and Analysis

Lisa Soronen, executive director, State and Local Legal CenterWho will the new president appoint to the court? How will it affect the cases in the court’s first term of 2017? The executive director of the State and Local Legal Center will share her perspective.




  • Lisa Soronen is the executive director of the State and Local Legal Center in washington, D.C. Before joining the SLLC, Soronen worked for the National School Boards Association, the Wisconsin Association of School Boards, and clerked for the Wisconsin Court of Appeals. She earned her J.D. at the University of Wisconsin Law School and is a graduate of Central Michigan University.  Soronen frequently works with NCSL by tracking cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and writing about them for the NCSL Blog.

This agenda was updated on Nov. 11, 2016. Please check back for updates.

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Registration Information Online registration is now closed

On-site registration fees
Legislator, Legislative Staff, NCSL Foundation: $249
Business, Union, Trade Association, Others: $349

Members of the media may register at no charge. Please contact NCSL’s Media and Public Affairs division with further questions or concerns.