Legislative assistants are in charge of facilitating and providing support to legislators during the law creation process, as well as performing other administrative duties. They are responsible for completing different writing tasks and analyzing drafts to make sure they meet legislative standards.
In addition, these individuals are organized and can multitask with ease on a variety of projects at a time. Legislative assistants work well in a team environment with other assistants, interns, and government professionals under strict deadlines to deliver high-quality documents. Some of their main duties include making appointments and keeping files in an organized manner. Additionally, they write reports, response letters, and communication drafts. They assist in meetings by taking notes, sending files, and making travel arrangements. They usually report their progress to the legislative supervisor in their office. One of their main functions is filing documents, including keeping logs for future reference. These individuals provide accurate and timely administrative support, and they are proficient with office programs to write documents, prepare presentations, and modify spreadsheets as required. Legislative assistants pay close attention to detail and possess strong communication skills to interact with a variety of government officials on a regular basis.
They work a regular weekday schedule, but this can vary depending on project and office requirements. Legislative assistants also act a liaison for other community organizations. A bachelor's degree in political science, business administration, communications, or a related field is usually necessary for this job. Previous experience as a administrative assistant in a legislative office can be helpful. Leadership certifications are a plus.
Legislative Assistant Tasks
Track legislation and conduct research on legislative and policy issues.
Draft speeches, letters, and meeting notices and memos.
Perform administrative tasks that perpetuate the legislative process including phone answering, filing, and confirming event attendance.
Attend and document meetings on behalf of legislators.