OMAHA, Neb. (November 30, 2010) – Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown will travel to Omaha, Neb. this week to lead the National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA) executive and new member meeting. Earlier this year, Brown was elected chair of the NLGA.
“I am excited to reconnect with my colleagues from across the country and introduce myself to the many new lieutenant governors who were elected earlier this month,” Lt. Governor Brown said. “I appreciate the important opportunity these meetings provide for lieutenant governors to share ideas and best practices on a range of policy and leadership issues.”
Brown will join other incumbent lieutenant governors on a panel providing incoming members with advice for success. He will emphasize the need for Lt. Governor’s to move beyond their outdated ceremonial role and develop a substantive policy portfolio with strong and professional staff. Brown has been tasked by Governor Martin O’Malley to lead the administration’s efforts on health care, higher education, economic developments, veteran’s affairs and domestic violence.
Panel discussions will range from homeland security preparedness to rural commerce. The Federal Reserve will provide an economic forecast to assist in budget planning and several sources will forecast anticipated Congressional actions, which may impact states and territories. Four national experts on homeland security and emergency management from the Naval Postgraduate School will engage members in an interactive planning exchange and the Editor-in-Chief of the Gallup Poll, the nation’s longest running monitor of U.S. public opinion, will discuss polling.
Four years ago, Brown inherited a largely ceremonial office. Because of his strong partnership with Governor O’Malley, Brown has successfully championed legislative packages that expanded veterans behavioral health benefits, strengthened the state’s domestic violence laws and put Maryland in a strong position to implement federal health reform and the federal Base Realignment. His efforts have transformed the Office of the Lt. Governor into a position of substance and influence.
Brown, a Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, is the nation’s highest-ranking elected official to have served a tour of duty in Iraq.