Develops, introduces or enacts laws and statutes at the local, tribal, State, or Federal level. Includes only workers in elected positions.
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.