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NCSL Announces Recipients of 2023 Legislative Staff Achievement Awards

This year, the bipartisan organization recognizes 19 staffers and one agency from 16 states for their contributions to their legislatures.

By Cat Chrobak  |  August 15, 2023

Nineteen current and former legislative staff and one legislative agency from 16 states have won 2023 Legislative Staff Achievement Awards for their outstanding contributions to their respective legislatures and NCSL.

The awards are given out by each of NCSL’s nine professional staff associations, the Legislative Education Staff Network and the staff co-chairs of the overall standing committees.

Examples of accomplishments recognized by the awards include improving the effectiveness of the legislative institution; supporting the legislative process and the mission of the legislature; exhibiting a high degree of competence and integrity in serving the legislature and the public; demonstrating expertise in a particular field; and contributing to existing knowledge.

This year’s winners will be recognized at the Salute to Legislative Staff session Wednesday at the 2023 Legislative Summit in Indianapolis. Here’s a list of the 2023 recipients (read more  about them here).

American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secretaries (ASLCS)

  • Ali Sagraves, assistant clerk, Ohio House of Representatives
  • Finos B. “Buddy” Johnson, parliamentarian/coordinator of legislative services, Arkansas House of Representatives

Leadership Staff Professional Association (LSPA)

  • Liz Connolly, deputy chief of staff, Ohio Senate Republican Caucus
  • Brian Colleran, senior policy advisor, Speaker’s Office, Maine House of Representatives

Legislative Information and Communications Staff (LINCS)

  • Aundrea Peterson, deputy chief of staff and communications director, Utah Senate
  • John Sattgast, senior public information officer, Radio/Broadcast Coordinator, Washington House of Representatives

Legislative Research Librarians (LRL)

  • Ingrid Hernquist, manager, Office of Legislative Services, Library Services, New Jersey Legislature

National Association of Legislative Information Technology (NALIT)

  • Soren Jacobsen, IT specialist, Legislative Services Office, Idaho Legislature

National Legislative Program Evaluation Society (NLPES)

  • Leslie McGuire, director, Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts (retired)
  • Utah’s Office of the Legislative Auditor General

National Association of Legislative Fiscal Offices (NALFO)

  • John Guyer and Tom Horan, executive director and assistant executive director, Pennsylvania Senate Appropriations Committee
  • The Texas Legislative Budget Board Staff

National Legislative and Security Staff Association (NLSSA)

  • Bradley Murfitt, sergeant at arms, Montana House of Representatives
  • Claude McMillan, assistant director of security, Gressette Building, South Carolina Senate

Research, Editorial, Legal and Committee Staff Association (RELACS)

  • Sarah Burkman, senior staff attorney, Office of Bill Drafting and Research, Indiana Legislative Services Agency
  • A.J Mendelsohn, senior counsel, Legislative Reference Bureau, Pennsylvania General Assembly
  • Special Commendation: John Snyder, committee staff administrator, Legislative Research Commission, Kentucky General Assembly

Legislative Education Staff Network (LESN)

  • Tanya Lieberman, chief consultant, Assembly Education Committee, California Legislature

NCSL Standing Committees

  • Steven Hern√°ndez, executive director, Commission on Women, Children, Seniors, Equity and Opportunity, Connecticut General Assembly
  • Andrea Wilko, chief economist, Office of the Legislative Fiscal Analyst, Utah Legislature

Cat Chrobak is a policy associate with NCSL’s Legislative Staff Services Program.

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