This short paper explains why the value of nonpartisan staff in the legislative process may stem primarily from the staff’s responsibilities to serve a broad group of legislators with heterogeneous interests, rather than on the “nonpartisan” nature of the staff. An earlier version of this paper was delivered in April, 2013, as the keynote address to a tax symposium sponsored by the Northwestern University Law School in celebration of the centennial of the modern income tax.

George K. Yin, The Role of Nonpartisan Staff in the Legislative Process, 139 Tax Notes 1415–1421 (2013).