House of Representatives
Job Description
Legislative Assistant to Members

To assist Legislators in successfully fulfilling their public obligations by providing support services in the areas of administration, communication, research and public relations.

Reports to:
Representative, Caucus Staff Director, Chief Clerk

Necessary Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

  • Office and personnel management
  • Effective written and oral communication skills
  • Word processing skills necessary to work with speed and accuracy
  • Knowledge of computer chart, graph and table formatting
  • Familiarity with legislative, administrative and judicial systems     
  • Ability to research and analyze relevant constituent issues, to track legislation and prepare member briefings and materials.
  • Ability to perform multiple tasks accurately and efficiently under time constraints
  • Ability to work both independently and cooperatively
  • Ability to exercise professional judgment and maintain confidentiality

Typical Assignments(These tasks may vary depending on the needs of individual Legislators)


  • Manage daily operation of Olympia and/or district office. 
  • Manage the Representative's schedule and travel arrangements, providing all materials.
  • Supervise, as delegated by the member, independent interns and volunteers.  Coordinate with the House intern program to direct the work of House interns


  • Manage constituent inquiries and casework
  • Facilitate and coordinate communication between the Representative, legislators, state officials, staff, agency personnel, stakeholders and constituents in the development and advancement of legislation.
  • Serve as a liaison between the Representative and constituents of the
  • Legislative District; exercising independent judgment to determine and implement appropriate courses of action


  • Track advancement of bills through the legislative process.  This may entail monitoring of committee hearings, securing committee testimony and records preparation.
  • Identify and monitor district specific issues
  • Work with OPR and Caucus staff to develop materials and prepare briefings for members.

Public Relations    

  • Represent the office at legislative and community events.
  • Work with PIO and Representative on articles, newsletters, press releases and speeches.
  • Work with PIO to coordinate town hall meetings and district events.

Preferred Education and Work Experience
Relevant education, experience and knowledge as determined by the House administration 


BA with major emphasis in business, political science, public administration or related field

Prior legislative experience is preferred.

Send resumes to the Chief Clerk's Office, P.O. Box 40600, Olympia WA 98504.