House of Delegates

The House of Delegates is the supreme legislative body of the Association and is responsible for electing officers and determining policies, initiatives and directives.

Who makes up the House of Delegates? 

  • 140 delegates - two from each of ASDA's 70 chapters (are voting members that) sit on the House floor.
  • The Board of Trustees.
  • The Speaker of the House.
  • The Secretary of the House (the executive director).
  • Council chairs.

When does the House meet?
The House meets once a year at Annual Session to discuss and debate resolutions and determine initiatives. The business of the House, as scheduled by the speaker, must be comprehensible, concise and efficient. To keep things running smoothly, parliamentary procedure and the Standing Rules of the House of Delegates are used.

What is the election process?
On the first day the House meets, executive committee candidates address the House and present their platforms. Voting takes place on the last day of House meetings. Balloting takes place throughout the day and the president, two vice presidents and speaker are announced by the close of the meeting.

What are resolutions?
A resolution is a formal request or action that is presented to the House of Delegates for consideration. Delegates present discussion for or against a specific resolution, then the House votes to determine the outcome.

A resolution is the appropriate course of action if you need to:

  • Identify a problem or need for action
  • Update or amend existing policy

For resources on how to submit a resolution, click here.


The following links provide you with resources related to the House of Delegates. If you need further assistance, feel free to contact ASDA's Speaker of the House. Resolutions must be submitted via email.