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empty-desksThe National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL) has 14 policy committees (see list) composed of NBCSL members and legislative staff. These committees meet to exchange ideas, network, and find solutions to issues facing all Americans.

The policy committees also serve an important function in the policy resolution process. Legislators deliberate and vote on resolutions, which must pass out of policy committees before they can be ratified by the full membership body at the Annual Legislative Conference.  Committees are also responsible for submitting model legislation for NBCSL members.


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Policy Committee Leadership

COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE AND CONSERVATION

Co-Chair: Rep. Helen Miller (IA)
Co-Chair: Rep. John Rogers (AL)

Vice Chair: Rep. Vanessa Brown (PA)
Vice Chair: Rep. Johnny Shaw (TN)

COMMITTEE ON BUSINESS AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Co-Chair: Sen. Jeffery Hayden (MN)
Co-Chair: Rep. Eric Johnson (TX)

Vice Chair: Rep. Harold Mitchell (SC)
Vice Chair: Sen. Rodger Smitherman (AL)

COMMITTEE ON CHILDREN, YOUTH, AND FAMILIES

Co-Chair: Rep. Mike Shelton (OK)
Co-Chair: Rep. Raumesh Akbari (TN)

Vice Chair: Rep. Barbara Boyd (AL)
Vice Chair: Sen. Gloria Butler (GA)
Vice Chair: Rep. Sandra Hollins (UT)
Vice Chair: Rep. John King (SC)

COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION

Co-Chair: Sen. Tanya Cook (NE)
Co-Chair: Rep. Patricia Smith (LA)

Vice Chair: Del. Carolyn Howard (MD)
Vice Chair: Rep. Quinton Ross (AL)

COMMITTEE ON EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS, CYBER, AND HOMELAND SECURITY

Co-Chair: Rep. Willie Perkins (MS)
Co-Chair: Rep. Deborah Berry (IA)

Vice Chair: Sen. Geraldine Thompson (FL)
Vice Chair: Sen. Sharon Weston Broome (LA)

COMMITTEE ON ENERGY, TRANSPORTATION, AND ENVIRONMENT

Co-Chair: Rep. Billy Mitchell (GA)
Co-Chair: Rep. Cherrish Pryor (IN)

Vice Chair: Sen. Willie Simmons (MS)
Vice Chair: Sen. David Haley (KS)

COMMITTEE ON GAMING, SPORTS, TOURISM, AND ENTERTAINMENT

Co-Chair: Rep. Joe Towns (TN)
Co-Chair: Del. Jay Walker (MD)

Vice Chair: Rep. Bruce Morris (CT)
Vice Chair: Rep. Nicole Collier (TX)

COMMITTEE ON HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Co-Chair: Rep. Mia Jones (FL)
Co-Chair: Sen. Shirley Nathan Pulliam (MD)

Vice Chair: Assm. Herbert Conaway (NJ)
Vice Chair: Rep. Edward James (LA)
Vice Chair: Sen. Holly Mitchell (CA)

COMMITTEE ON HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Co-Chair: Rep. Brenda Gilmore (TN)
Co-Chair: Rep. Ken Dunkin (IL)

Vice Chair: Sen. Virgil Smith (MI)
Vice Chair: Sen. Joyce Elliott (AR)

COMMITTEE ON INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

Co-Chair: Sen. Donnie Trotter (IL)
Co-Chair: Rep. Angela Williams (CO)

Vice Chair: Del. Nathaniel Oaks (MD)
Vice Chair: Rep. Helen Giddings (TX)

COMMITTEE ON LABOR AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

Co-Chair: Sen. Ron Rice (NJ)
Co-Chair: Assem. Annette Robinson (NY) 

Vice Chair: Rep. Carl Anderson (SC)
Vice Chair: Assem. Dina Neal (NV)
Vice Chair: Rep. David Rutledge (MI)

COMMITTEE ON LAW, JUSTICE, AND ETHICS

Co-Chair: Sen. Arthenia Joyner (FL)
Co-Chair: Rep. Reginald Meeks (KY)

Vice Chair: Rep. Earle S. Banks (MS)
Vice Chair: Rep. Ernest Hewett (CT)
Vice Chair: Rep. Garland Pierce (NC)
Vice Chair: Assm. Latrice Walker (NY)

COMMITTEE ON MILITARY AND VETERANs' AFFAIRS

Co-Chair: Rep. Clem Smith (MO)
Co-Chair: Rep. Sharon Beasley-Teague (GA)

Vice Chair: Rep. Charles Armstrong (AR)
Vice Chair: Rep. Karen Camper (TN)
Vice Chair: Sen. Rufus Straughter (MS)

COMMITTEE ON TELECOMMUNICATIONS, SCIENCE, AND TECHNOLOGY

Co-Chair: Del. Michael Vaughn (MD)
Co-Chair: Sen. Anastasia Pittman (OK)

Vice Chair: Rep. Juandalynn Given (AL)
Vice Chair: Rep. G.A. Hardaway (TN)
Vice Chair: Rep. Valencia Seay (GA)