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.

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.

Now Accepting Nominations

Every year we invite presiding officers and minority leaders from each state to nominate first or second term legislators to apply for the Emerging Legislative Leaders Program. This prestigious program is held in partnership with the Darden School of Business each July on the campus of the University of Virginia. Click below for additional information, forms and deadlines.

SLLF Past Events

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

From Rookie Legislator to Emerging Leader

By Thom Little, Ph.D. As many of you know, for more than two decades now, SLLF has sponsored the Emerging Legislative Leaders Program at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. Each year, we invite the party leaders in each chamber in all fifty states to nominate [...]

March 6th, 2023|

The Buck Stops Here: Four Months That Changed the World

By: Thomas H. Little, Ph.D. On April 12, 1945, Harry S. Truman, the failed haberdasher from Independence, Missouri, took the oath to become America’s 33rd President, replacing perhaps the most beloved President in U.S. history. Six months earlier, he had been the junior senator from Missouri, known primarily [...]

February 16th, 2023|

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


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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