At each General Convention, legislative aides serve the House of Deputies by working closely with the officers of legislative committees to help legislation move through convention efficiently and smoothly. In 2018, as in 2015, legislative aides will be appointed through an open application process.
Both alternate deputies and volunteers who will attend General Convention at their own expense are eligible to apply to be legislative aides. The application is available online through March 16.
“These volunteers provide a significant service to the House,” said the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, president of the House of Deputies. “I am grateful to the Rev. Paul Burrows, who has once again agreed to chair this important committee, and I am pleased that, for the first time, we can offer people from across the church the chance to apply. Because all of the legislative work at General Convention is done electronically, I hope that volunteers who are especially comfortable with technology will apply.”
Legislative aides will:
  • Attend the Orientation of Committee Officers and Legislative Aides to be held in Austin on July 3 from 2 to 5 pm.
  • Attend meetings of the House of Deputies Legislative Aides Committee chaired by the Rev. Paul Burrows, and work under his supervision and guidance.
  • Be available to volunteer for the entire convention, through the end of the last day of legislative business, July 13.
  • Assist with the work of the committee at the direction of committee officers, especially the chairs and secretaries.
  • Coordinate with Committee on Dispatch of Business liaison assigned to the committee.
  • Obtain legislative process information from the Secretariat.
  • Assist with arrangements for committee meetings and hearings.
  • Manage the logistics of hearings including witness registration and room set-up; for especially large hearings, arrange a suitable venue through the Secretariat and be available to the committee chair throughout the hearing.
  • Maintain neutrality in regard to resolutions being considered by the committee.
People interested in serving as legislative aides can apply online by March 16.