Brown Passes Chairmanship to Nebraska Lt. Governor Sheehy at NLGA Annual Meeting in Puerto Rico
San Juan, P.R. (July 29, 2011) – Today, as lieutenant governors from across the country concluded the annual summer meeting of the National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA), Maryland Lt. Governor Anthony Brown completed his term as NLGA Chair and passed the chairmanship to his successor, Nebraska’s Republican Lt. Governor Rick Sheehy.
As chair this past year Lt. Governor Brown sponsored and helped pass numerous NLGA policy resolutions, including measures calling for the elimination of corporal punishment in public schools, advocating increased support for military families, and encouraging states to support evidence-based home visiting programs for pre-natal and infant care.
"It has been an honor to serve as chair of the National Lieutenant Governors Association and to lead a meaningful bipartisan discussion on critical regional and national issues," said Lt. Governor Brown. "Our collaborative efforts have shown that public officials can still come together across party lines to encourage action to help families and individuals in Maryland and throughout the country.”
“I've enjoyed working with Lt. Governor Sheehy this past year and I'm pleased to pass the chairmanship to him," added Brown.
“I want to recognize and thank Lt. Governor Anthony Brown for his leadership and service to the NLGA. The years of service he has shared with the nation are greatly appreciated, and I look forward to continuing to work with him as ex officio member of the executive committee.” said Lt. Gov. Sheehy.
Working in close partnership with Governor Martin O’Malley, Lt. Governor Brown has transformed the Office of Maryland Lieutenant Governor from a position historically considered largely ceremonial into one of influence and substance. Lt. Governor Brown leads the O’Malley-Brown administration’s work to expand and improve health care, support economic development, help victims of domestic violence, increase access to higher education, and provide veterans with better services and resources.
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.