Develops, introduces or enacts laws and statutes at the local, tribal, State, or Federal level.
This career is part of the Government and Public Administration cluster Governance pathway.
A person in this career:
- Analyzes and understands the local and national implications of proposed legislation.
- Appoints nominees to leadership posts, or approves such appointments.
- Confers with colleagues to formulate positions and strategies pertaining to pending issues.
- Debates the merits of proposals and bill amendments during floor sessions, following the appropriate rules of procedure.
- Develops expertise in subject matters related to committee assignments.
- Hears testimony from constituents, representatives of interest groups, board and commission members, and others with an interest in bills or issues under consideration.
- Keeps abreast of the issues affecting constituents by making personal visits and phone calls, reading local newspapers, and viewing or listening to local broadcasts.
- Maintains knowledge of relevant national and international current events.
- Makes decisions that balance the perspectives of private citizens, public officials, and party leaders.
- Negotiates with colleagues or members of other political parties in order to reconcile differing interests, and to create policies and agreements.