What Is the Definition of Legislative Leader?

A legislative leader is a presiding elected officer of every house, the Speaker of the House and the President of the Senate. The exact roles and responsibilities of legislative leaders differ among states.

The president of the Senate has many duties, including presiding over the Senate's daily sessions, referring bills to a committee, fulfilling the role of official spokesperson for the Senate and signing legislation, writs and warrants. The Speaker of the House or Assembly will often preserve order in the chamber, watch the Senate's daily sessions, rule on parliamentary questions and acts as the official spokesperson for the House or Assembly. The President Pro Tem of the Senate, in some cases an honorary position, generally performs a few primary roles, including exercising the president's powers and duties in an absence, presiding over the Senate if the president is absent and fulfilling any other duties assigned by the president.