The New Mexico Legislative Council appointed Raúl Burciaga as the Director of the Legislative Council Service (LCS) in 2010. He has primary responsibility for administration of the LCS, the nonpartisan bill drafting and legal research agency of the New Mexico Legislature. Additionally, he is responsible for the control, care, custody and maintenance of the State Capitol, the grounds and other legislative buildings.
Raúl is a member of the New Mexico Compilation Commission, which oversees the compilation and publishing of New Mexico laws, and he’s a member the national Uniform Law Commission, which recommends uniform laws for states to consider enacting.
Raúl is active with the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) including serving five years on the Executive Committee, three of them as an officer. He completed the NCSL’s Legislative Staff Management Institute at the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota in 2004 and the Council of State Government’s (CSG) Henry Toll Fellowship Program in Lexington, Kentucky in 2012. He currently serves as the Chair of the Legislative Service Agency & Research Directors group at CSG West.
Raúl joined the LCS in July 2000 after graduating from the University of New Mexico School of Law. Before attending law school, he worked for 15 years in the administration of federal health care programs. He has been lead staff for numerous legislative interim committees, task forces and other work groups. He has worked as staff on impeachment investigation committees and legislative ethics committees. He served as the LCS assistant director for drafting services from 2004 until 2010, when he became director. He is a licensed attorney in New Mexico.