SLLF Intro
To educate and inspire our nation’s current and future state legislative leaders to excellence, without regard for party, politics, or ideology.
SLLF Intro
To educate and inspire our nation’s current and future state legislative leaders to excellence, without regard for party, politics, or ideology.

SLLF welcomes three new members to serve on our Board of Directors for 2023.

Hon. Nathaniel Ledbetter
House Majority Leader/Speaker-elect

Hon. Kimberly Lightford
Senate Majority Leader

Hon. David Sokola
Senate President Pro Tempore

SLLF Upcoming Events


Registration is by invitation only.

This biennial program is designed exclusively for new or recently elected Speakers of the House. This professional development program will take place February 17-19, 2023 at the historic Hay-Adams Hotel in Washington DC.


According to President Harry S. Truman, “The greatest part of the President’s job is to make decisions– big ones and small ones, dozens of them almost every day” and no president except perhaps Abraham Lincoln had to make as many critical decisions so quickly as President Truman. Join SLLF at the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library for “The Buck Stops Here: Leaders Make Hard Decisions” to explore the life, legacy and lessons of America’s 33rd President about how to make the kinds of difficult decisions that you face every day.


Thanks to all of our friends and supporters who took the time to send us messages to celebrate SLLF’s 50th Anniversary!

SLLF Past Events

Board Meeting & Golden Jubilee
December 1-3, 2022
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

From its humble beginnings 50 years ago, the State Legislative Leaders Foundation has grown in stature and reputation to be regarded by all who know us as a nonpartisan beacon of honest discourse and learning for our nation’s top legislative leaders. During our Board meeting we celebrated our past and looked forward to the future with a renewed sense of purpose and dedication.


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Jan Jones

“I am a better legislator and a better person as a result of my involvement with SLLF.”

Jan Jones, House Speaker Pro Tempore, Georgia

“SLLF programs always make me think about and sincerely try to improve my own leadership skills and always exceed my expectations. My hope is that every legislator has the privilege of attending an SLLF summit!”

Steve Yeager, Speaker of the House, Nevada
Roger Hanshaw

“SLLF programs are unique because of their leadership focus. Every conference talks policy but SLLF programs are tailored to what we as leaders face on a daily basis.”

Roger Hanshaw, Speaker of the House, West Virginia

“Attending an SLLF conference is always a learning experience. I always take something back home with me.”

Kimberly Lightford, Senate Majority Leader, Illinois
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