Are you an elected Black legislative leader? This bi-partisan network offers a unique opportunity for Black Legislative Leaders currently serving as Chamber Officers (Speaker of the House, Senate President, Majority Leader, Minority Leader, Leaders Pro Tempore, etc), and Committee and Caucus Chairs to start building a network that can provide the type of unique support needed to be successful in their leadership roles while working to build a pipeline for the next generation of Black Legislative Leaders.  

 

Network Members:

President of the Senate. The president is the principal leader of the Senate. The president typically will (1) preside over the daily sessions of the Senate, (2) preserve order in the chamber, (3) state parliamentary motions, (4) rule on parliamentary questions, (4) appoint committee chairs and members, (5) refer bills to committee, (6) sign legislation, writs and warrants and (7) act as the official spokesman for the Senate. In about 26 states, the lieutenant governor serves as the president of the Senate, and many of these duties are assumed by the president pro tem.

President pro tem of the Senate. The primary roles assigned to the president pro tem are to (1) preside over the Senate in the president's absence, (2) exercise the powers and duties of the president in his or her absence, and (3) assume other duties as assigned by the president. Sometimes, this is an honorary position, with few substantive duties assigned. In states where the lieutenant governor presides over the Senate, the president pro tem usually assumes duties associated with a president.

Speaker of the House or Assembly. The speaker is the principal leader of the House or Assembly. The speaker typically will (1) preside over the daily sessions of the House or Assembly, (2) preserve order in the chamber, (3) state parliamentary motions, (4) rule on parliamentary questions, (4) appoint committee chairs and members, (5) refer bills to committee, (6) sign legislation, writs and warrants and (7) act as the official spokesman for the House or Assembly.

Speaker pro tem. The primary roles assigned to the speaker pro tem are to (1) preside over the House in the speaker's absence, (2) exercise the powers and duties of the speaker in his or her absence, and (3) assume other duties as assigned by the speaker. This is an honorary position in some states, with few substantive duties assigned.

Majority Leader and Assistant Leader. The primary functions of a majority leader usually relate to floor duties. The majority leader (1) is the lead speaker for the majority party during floor debates, (2) develops the calendar, and (3) assists the president or speaker with program development, policy formation, and policy decisions.

Majority Caucus Chair and Vice Chair. The majority caucus chair generally (1) develops the majority caucus agenda with the principal leaders, (2) presides over the majority caucus meetings, and (3) assists with the development of policy.

Majority Whip and Deputy Whip. The duties of the majority whip are to (1) assist the floor leader, (2) ensure member attendance, (3) count votes, and (4) generally communicate the majority position.

Minority Leader and Assistant Leader. The minority leader is the principal leader of the minority caucus. The minority leader is responsible for (1) developing the minority position, (2) negotiating with the majority party, (3) directing minority caucus activities on the chamber floor, and (4) leading debate for the minority.

Minority Caucus Chair and Vice Chair. The minority caucus chair (1) presides over caucus meetings and (2) assists the minority leader with policy development.

Minority Whip and Deputy Whip. The major responsibilities of the minority whip are to (1) assist the minority leader on the floor, (2) count votes and (3) ensure the attendance of minority party members.

Committee Chair. The leader of a committee with the responsibility for setting the course and direction of the panel for committee members within the chamber they serve.

 

 

 

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