WASHINGTON, DC (March 13, 2008) – Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown announced today that the National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA) has chosen Maryland as the organization’s location for its 2009 summer conference.
Brown has spent the last two days at NLGA’s winter conference in Washington, DC. He attended sessions on rural areas, open space, incarceration and the latest technologies in the field of first-responder communications.
In a letter to the chair of NLGA vying for Maryland to host the conference, Brown wrote that Maryland’s cultural downtowns, charming neighborhoods, exiting nightlife and the history of the state and its capital make Maryland the prime location to host the annual conference.
“This is a great opportunity to showcase to leaders all across the nation the greatness of what Maryland has to offer,” said Brown.
Two nights of the conference will be held in Baltimore and one night will be held in Annapolis.
The National Lieutenant Governors Association (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 (American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands).
Should a vacancy occur, a state’s constitution dictates the line of succession. In 42 states and four territories this elected official bears the title of lieutenant governor. In three states and one territory this official is the secretary of state. In four states, the president of the senate is first in line of succession to the governor, two of whom are statutorily empowered to use the title “Lieutenant Governor.”
Currently, Brown and New York Lt. Governor David Patterson are the only two African-American lieutenant governors in the nation.