Special to The Sun
OKLA. CITY —
Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb hosted the nation’s state and territorial seconds-in-command at the annual National Lt. Governors Association meeting where he was named chairman to the NLGA’s executive committee. Lamb previously served as chair-elect of the organization, elected in July of 2012.
“Serving in leadership at the NLGA has been an honor and I am humbled that my fellow lieutenant governors have elected me as chairman,” Lamb said. “Oklahoma has many reasons to be proud and can be a model for other states. I look forward to representing Oklahoma on a national level.”
The 2013 meeting in Oklahoma City marked the 51st anniversary for the NLGA. In addition to Lt. Gov. Lamb’s election, Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman of Connecticut was elected chair-elect of the NLGA and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds of Iowa was elected treasurer.
“I look forward to another year with the NLGA. It has been great showing off my home state this week. Oklahoma is a place where entrepreneurial spirits thrive, businesses grow and family values are at the center of who we are,” Lamb added.
As part of the annual meeting, lieutenant governors heard from their peers who led response to tornadoes, storms and man-made disasters, including the Newtown tragedy. Retired four-star Gen. Tommy Franks worked with lieutenant governors challenging them to deepen their leadership preparation and skills. And, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, the incoming leader of the National Governors Association, shared insight from her gubernatorial experience and discussed what she sees on the horizon among governors of all states.
“In an effort to find and model bipartisan leadership to the benefit of the people in the states and territories, they discussed immigration reform, state and territorial issues in the Farm Bill, health care reform, and energy issues, including coal and hydraulic fracturing,” said NLGA Executive Director Julia Hurst. Lieutenant governors visited Moore, and saw the destruction that occurred during the EF-5 tornado that struck this past May.
For more than 50 years, the National Lieutenant Governors Association has successfully convened lieutenant governors on a bipartisan basis driving the agenda of the states and the nation forward. See www.nlga.us for information on lieutenant governors.