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Life As a Legislator

Position Description Develop, introduce or enact laws and statutes at the local, tribal, State, or Federal level. Includes only workers in elected positions.

Legislator Responsibilities

  • Appoint nominees to leadership posts, or approve such appointments.
  • Represent their parties in negotiations with political executives or members of other parties, and when speaking with the media.
  • Conduct “head counts” to help predict the outcome of upcoming votes.
  • Alert constituents of government actions and programs by way of newsletters, personal appearances at town meetings, phone calls, and individual meetings.
  • Make decisions that balance the perspectives of private citizens, public officials, and party leaders.
  • Oversee expense allowances, ensuring that accounts are balanced at the end of each fiscal year.
  • Selectman
  • Assembly Person
  • Council Member
  • Assembly Member
  • City Alderman

Job Opportunities for Legislators

In the United States, there were 55,500 jobs for Legislator in 2016. New jobs are being produced at a rate of 7% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 3,900 new jobs for Legislator by 2026. Due to new job openings and attrition, there will be an average of 4,400 job openings in this field each year.

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The states with the most job growth for Legislator are Utah, Nevada, and Texas. Watch out if you plan on working in New Jersey, Wisconsin, or Oregon. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Do Legislators Make A Lot Of Money?

The salary for Legislators ranges between about $17,510 and $98,890 a year.

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Legislators who work in New York, Hawaii, or California, make the highest salaries.

Below is a list of the median annual salaries for Legislators in different U.S. states.

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $31,760
Alaska $45,340
Arizona $56,530
Arkansas $21,970
California $68,580
Colorado $57,570
Connecticut $59,740
Florida $56,990
Georgia $23,810
Hawaii $60,400
Idaho $25,310
Indiana $36,910
Iowa $43,450
Kansas $22,870
Louisiana $33,370
Maryland $45,110
Michigan $35,460
Minnesota $34,690
Mississippi $25,360
Missouri $25,630
Montana $45,510
Nebraska $34,320
New Hampshire $18,910
New Mexico $23,960
New York $90,050
North Dakota $36,050
Ohio $43,770
Oklahoma $48,770
Oregon $37,960
South Carolina $20,910
Tennessee $41,470
Texas $45,180
Utah $26,930
Virginia $32,900
Washington $66,240
West Virginia $28,520
Wyoming $38,180

What Tools & Technology do Legislators Use?

Below is a list of the types of tools and technologies that Legislators may use on a daily basis:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Web browser software
  • Microsoft Access
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat
  • Microsoft SharePoint
  • Structured query language SQL
  • Microsoft Visual Basic
  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • Microsoft Exchange Server
  • IBM Domino
  • Corel WordPerfect Office Suite
  • Mapping software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe FrameMaker
  • Apple iWork Keynote
  • Cisco Systems WebEx
  • Citrix GoToMeeting

Legislators Sector

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Legislators work in the following industries:

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