by Alex Fitzsimmons
State legislators, especially legislative leaders, lead busy lives. In the typical legislative session, house speakers and senate presidents have little time to reflect on what it means to be a leader.
That's why NCSL hosted America's top legislative leaders in Washington, D.C. for the June 2012 Legislative Leadership Meeting. With the help of a generous grant from NCSL's Foundation for State Legislatures, leaders spent three days learning and sharing their concerns and challenges with fellow policymakers.
The meeting featured a star-studded lineup that included National Journal columnist Charlie Cook, Fox News Analyst Karl Rove, and Moody's Chief Economist Mark Zandi. In addition, legislative leaders met with U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan for a conversation about the state-federal education partnership.
After addressing the leaders, Mark Zandi and NCSL's Michael Bird discussed how federal deficit reduction plans might affect states.
NCSL also asked Charlie Cook, publisher of the Cook Political Report, to expound on his remarks about the 2012 presidential election.
NCSL interviewed Karl Rove at the December 2011 Leaders Meeting in Puerto Rico after the Republican political strategist spoke with legislative leaders about the 2012 election and the important issues facing the country.
NCSL typically hosts meetings specifically for leaders twice a year.