NEA Representative Assembly

About The NEA Representative Assembly

NEA’s Annual Meeting takes place during the final week of June and the first week of July. Various committees, constituencies, caucuses, leadership groups, and delegates from state and local affiliates gather to set policy and chart the direction of NEA business. The location of the meeting is different every year, although Washington, D.C. serves as host every fourth year. (View a list of future Annual Meeting sites.) The NEA’s website for the annual assembly is located at

The Representative Assembly (RA) takes place during the final four days of the Annual Meeting. It is the primary legislative and policymaking body of the Association and derives its powers from, and is responsible to, the membership. The Representative Assembly adopts the strategic plan and budget, resolutions, the Legislative Program, and other policies of the Association. Delegates vote by secret ballot on proposed amendments to the Constitution and Bylaws. Those delegates with full voting rights elect the executive officers, Executive Committee members, and at-large members of the NEA Board of Directors, as appropriate.

The RA consists of some 9,000 delegates representing state and local affiliates, student members, retired members, and other segments of the united education profession. Further information on the RA is contained in Article III of the Constitution and in Bylaw 3. The RA is the largest democratic deliberative assembly in the world and adheres to Roberts Rules of Order.

OEA and NEA encourage minority participation in the NEA Representative Assembly. To find out more, please read Ohio’s 2019-2020 Updated Ethnic Minority Plan.

For an NEA State At-Large Delegate Declaration of Candidacy Form, and information on the next NEA Representative Assembly, visit the Representative Assembly page.