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Western Legislative Academy (WLA)

Western Legislative Academy (WLA)

The Region’s Premier Legislative Leadership Training

Each year, state legislators from the western region are selected to participate in the Western Legislative Academy (WLA), a multi-day training experience focused on sharpening leadership skills needed to excel in a legislative environment. Faculty from academic, military, and legislative backgrounds engage class members in interactive sessions designed to provide a learning experience that expands understanding and fosters relationships.

For questions about the program, please contact Jennifer Schanze at

Who Attends?

Western state legislators in their first four-years of cumulative service are invited to apply. Class members are selected by the CSG West Executive Committee and evaluated based on their dedication to public service, desire to improve their legislative effectiveness, and their commitment to the institution of the legislature. Program dates change each year, but usually fall in late November/ early December.

How to Apply

Applications open each year in January and can be submitted online. Eligible members will be contacted by CSG West staff at the start of the application window.

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Program Sponsorship

WLA is supported through the generous contributions of the El Pomar Foundation and private sector partners. For information on sponsor opportunities, please contact Edgar Ruiz, CSG West Director.

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2020 Virtual Annual Meeting

Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, CSG West hosted a first of its kind virtual Annual…

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74th CSG West Annual Meeting

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Western Legislative Academy

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