General Session: State(s) of Mind

2019 Employment Law & Legislative Conference

As Congress experiences challenges with gridlock and partisan divides, states and localities are increasingly legislating changes to laws impacting the workplace.  From paid leave and pay equity requirements to a laser focus on workforce development issues, states have been actively pursuing strategies impacting work.  In State(s) of Mind, you’ll hear from state elected officials from both parties who will address the unique challenges of enacting state-based policy changes.

You’ll hear:

  • A deep dive into the issues impacting work, the worker and the workplace at the state level.
  • How state legislatures deal with party politics at the state level as they pursue their policy priorities.
  • What workplace issues are percolating in statehouses across American in 2019.


Date(s) & Time(s): 
Monday, March 18, 2019 - 3:05pm to 3:50pm

Representative Ruth Briggs King

Briggs King

House Committees:

During the 2019 legislative session, Ruth is a member of: Joint Finance Committee; Appropriations Committee; Education Committee, Health & Human Development Committee, Manufactured Housing Committee, Public Safety & Homeland Security Committee, Transportation/Land Use and Infrastructure Committee, and Veterans Affairs Committee.

More about Rep. Briggs King:

Ruth is the 37th District Representative and has served the area since a Special Election in 2009.  She is a gifted and engaging presenter, as well as a consultant for not-for-profit organizations and strategic human resources. She has an extensive resume in a variety of fields including medical, education, banking and finance with an emphasis on leadership, organizational development, and strategic planning. Ruth is known for her honesty, straight forwardness, problem-solving abilities, and her focus on issues to get results. She has accepted major assignments in the Legislature, tackling Workers’ Compensative Reform, Prevailing Wage Reform, Financial Literacy, the Structural Revenue Review Task Force, the Mental Health Task Force and educational funding task force. Ruth initiated legislative action on opiate and heroin issues in Delaware by bringing attention to substance-exposed infants. Ruth also serves on the newly formed Autonomous Vehicle Task Force, as well as continuing to serve on not-for-profit boards including the University of Delaware’s Sea Grant board, Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition advisory board, and the Cancer Consortium. 

In 2017, Ruth was invited to attend three significant leader events outside of Delaware: Civility Training in Hyannis Port, MA, Legislative Leadership at the Fels Institute with the Council of State Governments, and the National Foundation for Women Legislators, where she serves as the State Director for Delaware.

As a strong advocate on many issues, she also maintains a busy local schedule in order to be accessible and accountable to her constituents. Ruth is married to Stanley King and they have two adult sons and six grandchildren. The latest arrival, Sawyer Renee, was born on January 12, 2018.


Delegate Mark Levine


Mark Levine was first elected in 2015 to represent the eastern half of Alexandria and parts of Arlington and Fairfax Counties in the Virginia House of Delegates. Mark first came to the Washington DC region as Legislative Counsel to former Congressman Barney Frank, but he has a long record of passionate advocacy against injustice. For more than two decades, Mark has crafted progressive legislation at the local, state, and federal levels, from leading the early marriage-equality movement to fighting the Supreme Court’s hijacking of the 2000 Election, to defending children and survivors of domestic and sexual violence. As co-founder of the Virginia Transparency Caucus, Mark started and then led the successful bipartisan effort to cause the Virginia General Assembly to livestream and archive all committee and floor proceedings and to record for the public every legislator’s votes either to report or defeat bills. A talk radio host and TV pundit for more than a decade, Mark is currently running for re-election to his third term this November.

Grand Ballroom
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