The National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL) primary mission is to develop, conduct and promote educational, research and training programs designed to enhance the effectiveness of its members, as they consider legislation and issues of public policy which impact, either directly or indirectly upon "the general welfare" of African American constituents within their respective jurisdictions.


In support of its mission, NBCSL has adopted the following fundamental objectives:

  1. To serve as a national network and clearinghouse for the discussion, dissemination, and exchange of ideas and information among African American state legislators and their staffs;
  2. To provide research, training, and educational services to African American state legislators and their staff.
  3. To improve the effectiveness and quality of African American state legislators; and
  4. To serve as a strong, united, and effective advocate for African American state legislators and their constituencies at the federal level.

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Sen Catherine Pugh HRDear Colleagues:

It is an honor to serve you as President of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators.  I promised during my campaign that I would seek to continue moving our organization forward to provide an opportunity for all of you to be more engaged.  I will be calling on our executive committee, regional leaders, and chairs of our Black Caucuses around the country to help grow our organization. 

I ask you as members to contact our office while I am preparing to assign committees and chairmanships. If you have a particular interest in serving on our committees again, I need to hear from you.

We have great plans for this upcoming year.  I ask you to look for more information from us on our National Conference that will be in Los Angeles, California in December.  We will be joining President Barack Obama in Alabama to mark the 50th anniversary of the civil rights march, and we will participate in the Sunday activities to commemorate such a historical event.  You will receive information soon.

During the Congressional Black Caucus Weekend, we will also plan a host of activities including a meeting of our organization, so I hope you will join us in Washington, D.C. Our goal is to be a part of every discussion in our states and this country that will help to improve the economic, educational, health, and social outcomes for our communities nationwide.

Finally let me say, it was an honor to sit in the First Lady’s Box during the State of the Union Address.  I had an opportunity to speak both with the President and the First Lady.  The honor resulted because I am the lead Sponsor on the “Working Families Earned Sick Leave Legislation.  This is similar to the legislation that the President is asking the federal government to pass.   He does realize that we as State Legislators can move legislation in our states much faster than the federal government.  I will send all of you copies of the legislation in hopes that you would consider it in your states.

Again, thank you for this honor.  Let’s roll up our sleeves, work together, and move our organization forward.


Senator Catherine E. Pugh (MD)
President, National Black Caucus of State Legislators