The National Association of Former State Legislators (NAFSL) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with a membership comprised of current and former state legislators who are committed to the matters of balanced federalism, state sovereignty, and representative governance. The NAFSL represents the largest network of former state legislators in the country.
The NAFSL was established to honor those who served in their state legislature, as well as provide a venue for them to connect nationally with other former state legislators.
Furthermore, the NAFSL recognizes the federalism defined in the US Constitution and acknowledges the fundamental, and essential, responsibility of currently elected state legislators to preserve the sovereignty of their states and guard against the innate determination of the national government to consolidate and further centralize its power and authority.
Equipped with institutional knowledge of the political process, and being well-versed in policy perspectives, former state legislators have the influence and capacity to present elected officials with objective and meaningful peer mentorship on issues of governance. They also can be a valuable resource to newly elected legislators, especially in states with term limits.
In addition, with the strong community connections and relationships already established by former state legislators, there exists an accessible network of concerned citizens who can be engaged on fulfilling their civic responsibilities.
Financial support for NAFSL operating expenses is obtained through membership dues, fundraising events, donations (from corporations, partners, and individuals), and foundation grants.