In addition to the typical roles that students fill at Youth & Government, there are also a number of offices that students can hold.  Below, you can see all available offices along with a very short description of that office’s primary duties.

Major Offices

There are six major officers in Youth & Government – Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Chief Justice, Secretary of State, Presiding Officer and Executive Director of the Lobbyists.

Unless otherwise stated below, all major office candidates will have to do the following:

  • Complete Major Candidate, Chaplain, Committee Chair, and Newspaper Editor Application.
  • Give a one to three minute speech at Pre-Leg 1 and 2 and a speech of up to 5 minutes at the Springfield Assembly.
  • Final candidates at the Springfield Assembly must submit a photo for the program book by the required deadline.
  • Final candidates will also attend officer training on the Thursday prior to the Springfield Assembly.
  • Final candidates must submit a Candidate Financial Disclosure Form prior to campaigning.

There will be two elections each year, one on Friday to elect officers to serve for the current year (Presiding Officers and Executive Director of Lobbyists), and one on Sunday to elect four offices (Governor, Chief Justice, Lt. Governor and Secretary of State) to serve throughout the next year and through the next Assembly.

Requirements – Candidate must be a Junior, have at least one year of Youth & Government experience and be registered as a Legislator.

Candidate Responsibilities – In addition to the requirements for all major offices listed above, Governor candidates will, in addition to their speeches, participate in a press conference conducted by members of the Youth & Government press corps.

Official Duties – Primarily, the Governor meets with bill groups and lobbyists to gather information on bills that will help him/her decide whether to sign or veto each bill that passes both chambers. In addition, the Governor may grant interviews with the press and address the legislative chambers. Following election, the Governor is invited to attend the YMCA National Youth Governor’s Conference in Washington, D.C. After the year of serving, the Governor will serve a one-year term as a non-voting member of the Youth & Government Program Board.

Requirements – Candidate must be a Junior, have at least one year of Youth & Government experience and be registered as a legislator.

Candidate Responsibilities – Candidates will chair a committee at both Pre-Leg sessions, attend all committee training sessions and prepare to fill the role of Committee Chair should the need arise.

Official Duties – The Lieutenant Governor serves an assistant to the Governor and serves in his/her place when the latter is unable to perform his/her duties. The Lieutenant Governor will also chair three Special Committees in Springfield – one for each color of legislature – which Lobbyist-submitted bills and resolutions will be heard.

Requirements – Candidate must be a Junior, have at least one year of Youth & Government experience and be registered as a legislator.

Candidate Responsibilities -No additional responsibilities beyond the general responsibilities for all major office candidates.

Official Duties – The Secretary of State is the manager of the entire bill flow process and must have detailed knowledge of how the bill flow desk operates.

Requirements – Candidate must be a Junior, have at least one year of Youth & Government experience and be registered as an Attorney.

Candidate Responsibilities -No additional responsibilities beyond the general responsibilities for all major office candidates.

Official Duties – The Chief Justice serves as the Chief Officer of the Supreme Court(s). In this capacity, he/she communicates with the Assistant Chief Justices throughout the weekend regarding court conferences attendance, written evaluations of oral arguments and briefs, and other problems or concerns. Additionally, the Chief Justice presides over the Judicial Review process on Sunday. After serving, the Chief Justice serves a one-year term as a non-voting member of the Youth & Government Program Board.

Requirements – Candidate must be a Junior or Senior, have at least one year of Youth & Government experience and be registered as a legislator. Additionally, candidates cannot be the House Sponsor or Senate Sponsor of their bill.

Candidate Responsibilities – Instead of speeches, candidates for Presiding Officer will lead a role play – a mock debate of a bill – at Pre-Leg 1 & 2 and the Springfield Assembly. Because of this, candidates should have detailed knowledge of parliamentary procedure.

Official Duties – The Presiding Officers (Presidents of the Senate and Speakers of the House for each color legislature) preside over a chamber and keep order to the debate of bills.

Requirements – Candidate must be a sophomore, junior or senior and be registered as a Lobbyist.

Candidate Responsibilities -No additional responsibilities beyond the general responsibilities for all major office candidates.

Official Duties – The Executive Director works with the Lobbyist Advisors in coordinating Lobbyists’ acvitities throughout the Springfield Assembly weekend.

Administrative Offices

There are three administrative officers in Youth & Government – Chaplain, Sergeant-at-Arms, and Secretary of the Senate / Clerk of the House.

All administrative office candidates will have to do the following (except as noted):

Requirements – Candidate must be a junior or senior and registered as a legislator. Candidate must complete Major Candidate, Chaplain, Committee Chair, TV Producer and Newspaper Editor Application instead of the form listed above.

Election – A total of six are elected by legislators between the four Pre-Leg 1 sites.

Official Duties – All chaplains will be responsible for preparing a prayer to be printed in the Program book as well as offering opening and closing thoughts during sessions and the banquet. Prayers/thoughts that are given should be non-denominational and general in nature.

Requirements – Candidate must be registered as an LA.

Election – A total of six are elected by the pages between the four Pre-Leg 1 sites.

Official Duties – Each chamber’s Sergeant-at-Arms enforces the dress code, ensures that only authorized persons enter and generally keeps order in the chamber.

Requirements – Candidate must be registered as an LA.

Election – Three Secretaries and three Clerks are elected by the pages between the four Pre-Leg 1 sites.

Official Duties – The clerk / secretary has the responsibility to read all Bills and amendments as they come before the chamber.  He / she also keeps the official record of decisions of the chamber and otherwise assists the Presiding Officer of that chamber.

Requirements – Candidate must be a Junior or Senior and be registered in the current year as a member of the Newspaper Press.

Candidate Responsibilities – Candidate must complete Major Candidate, Chaplain, Committee Chair, TV Producer and Newspaper Editor Application instead of the form listed above.  No speeches are required.

Selection – The Editor-in-Chief is selected by the Newspaper Press advisors from the pool of applicants based on demonstrated expertise. The selected Editor-in-Chief is required to arrive in Springfield on Thursday prior to the Assembly for training.

Official Duties – The Editor-in-Chief is ultimately responsible for all issues of The Observer and writing an editorial article for each issue.

Other Offices

Besides the Major and Administrative Offices, are three other officers in Youth & Government – Committee Chairperson, Bill Flow Clerk and Head Clerk-Bailiff.

Requirements – Candidate must be registered as a legislator.  Candidates may run for Committee Chairperson and another major office concurrently, but if a student is elected at Pre-Leg 2 to be a candidate for the major office at the Springfield Assembly, they must withdraw from their Committee Chairperson position at Springfield (students that are forced to withdraw may still be called to serve as a replacement for another Chairperson if necessary).

Candidate Responsibilities – Must submit a Major Candidate, Chaplain, Committee Chair, TV Producer and Newspaper Editor Application by the required deadline and chair a committee at both Pre-Leg 1 & 2.

Election – One is elected by each committee at all Pre-Leg 2 sites.  Upon election, Committee Chairperson is required to submit a photo for the Program Book by the required deadline.  Additionally, Committee Chairpersons are required to attending training sessions on the Thursday prior to the Springfield Assembly.

Duties – Committee Chairpersons will preside over a committee and attend a Special Committee session to hear lobbyist-written bills at the Springfield Assembly.

Requirements – Candidate must be registered as a Legislative Assistant.

Candidate Responsibilities – Must complete the Declaration of Candidacy for Administrative Office and Bill Flow Clerk by Pre-Leg 1.

Selection – A total of nine – three at each of the three Pre-Leg 2 sites – are selected by the Page Advisors.

Duties – Serve as a member of the bill flow staff, assisting the Secretary of State with the tracking of bills through the bill flow process.

Requirements – Candidate must be registered as a clerk-bailiff.

Candidate Responsibilities – Those interested in becoming a Head Clerk-Bailiff may declare at the orientation meeting for Clerk-Bailiffs held on Friday at the Springfield Assembly.