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The National Association of Former State Legislators (NAFSL) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3), nonpartisan organization with a membership comprised of current and former state legislators. 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 and network nationally with other former state legislators.
Furthermore, the NAFSL recognizes the federalism defined in the US Constitution and the essential responsibility of currently elected state legislators to intentionally preserve the sovereignty of their states in response to the natural inclination of the national government to further consolidate and centralize its power and authority.
Equipped with established relationships and institutional knowledge of the political process, former state legislators have the influence and capacity to provide elected state representatives with objective peer-to-peer mentoring on principled governance. They also can be a valuable resource to those who are newly elected, especially in states with term limits.
Financial support for NAFSL operating expenses is obtained through membership dues, fundraising events, donations (from corporations, partners, and individuals), and foundation grants.