Appointment reflects Brown’s work to transform Office of the Lt. Governor to position of influence and substance
BILOXI, Miss. (July 30, 2010) – Lieutenant governors from across the country concluded the annual summer meeting of the National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA) and elected a new chair of the organization today in Biloxi, Mississippi. Maryland Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown, a Democrat and the nation’s highest-ranking elected official to have served a tour of duty in Iraq, assumed the chairmanship of the national organization, succeeding Virginia Lt. Governor Bill Bolling, a Republican.
“I am proud to accept the chairmanship of the National Lieutenant Governors Association and look forward to working more closely with my colleagues from across the nation to share ideas and best practices that will help Governor O’Malley and me fight for Maryland’s families and small businesses,” Lt. Governor Brown said.
“Four years ago, I moved into the Lt. Governor’s office and inherited a title that to that point was largely ceremonial in our state. Today, because of Governor O’Malley’s leadership style and his belief in partnerships, it is a position of influence and substance. Our office has helped protect the progress we have made together to expand and improve health care across the state, create jobs because of Base Realignment, develop a workforce pipeline at our colleges and community colleges and serve the brave men and women who have served in our name.”
In addition to chairing the NLGA, Brown served on the Obama-Biden transition team, co-chairing the President’s transition for the Department of Veterans Affairs. He is also the co-chair of the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices Mission Growth Working Group.
“It’s been my privilege to serve as Chairman of the National Lieutenant Governors Association for the past year, and it will be a pleasure to hand over the Chairmanship to Lieutenant Governor Brown. Anthony has been a dedicated member of the NLGA since his election in 2006, and I know that he will do a great job serving as Chairman in the coming year.” Said Virginia Lt. Governor Bill Bolling.
Since taking office four years ago, Brown has transformed the Office of Maryland’s Lt. Governor from one that was once largely a ceremonial, ticket-balancing office into a position of influence and substance. He chaired the O’Malley-Brown transition and currently chairs the Governor’s Subcabinet on Base Realignment and Closure, the Maryland Health Quality and Cost Council and co-chairs the Maryland Health Care Reform Coordinating Council. Brown leads the O’Malley-Brown administration’s economic development, higher education, health care and veterans portfolios. He has also worked with members of the Maryland General Assembly to pass laws strengthening Maryland’s domestic violence laws.
The NLGA, organized in 1962, is the professional association for the elected officials who are first in line of succession to the governors in the 50 states and five territorial jurisdictions. NLGA provides members the opportunity to network, meet, foster interstate cooperation and share best practices to the benefit of the constituents in the states and territories, while also promoting the effectiveness of the Office of Lieutenant Governor in every state.