For Immediate Release - November 20, 2009


Twelve lieutenant governors from bi-partisan association complete successful three-day conference

BOSTON - Friday, November 20, 2009 - Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Timothy P. Murray today concluded a successful three-day gathering of the National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA) Executive Committee and New Members Meeting in Boston.

During the meeting, twelve lieutenant governors from across the country convened in Boston to work on the NLGA's official agenda, participate in policy sessions, and explore the city's historic sites.

"I'm pleased to have hosted this distinguished, bi-partisan group of lieutenant governors here in Massachusetts," said Lieutenant Governor Murray. "So many states, including Massachusetts, are rigorously working to move ahead on the road to economic recovery. It is very timely that we convened a group of lieutenant governors to discuss issues, share ideas, and learn best practices from resources here in Massachusetts as well as from other states."

The three-day meeting included panel discussions highlighting how states play an important role in providing veterans services, fostering STEM education, and promoting life sciences. Keynote speakers also addressed Massachusetts' leadership on health care reform, the value of sporting events to state economies, and environmental protection policies.

In addition, the group met with Governor Deval Patrick at the State House, visited historic sites including the Paul Revere House and the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum.

"It was a pleasure to bring the NLGA to Massachusetts for this important meeting," said Chair Bill Bolling, Lieutenant Governor of Virginia. "I thank Lieutenant Governor Murray for hosting us over the past three days, and thank all of the attendants who participated in these productive and informative sessions."

In addition to Murray and Bolling, the following Lieutenant Governors participated in the conference: Craig Campbell of Alaska, Bill Halter of Arkansas, Michael Fedele of Connecticut, Patty Judge of Iowa, Anthony Brown of Maryland, Carol Molnau of Minnesota, Lieutenant Governor-Elect Kim Guadagno of New Jersey, Elizabeth Roberts of Rhode Island, Greg Bell of Utah, and Gregory Francis of the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA) is the professional association for the elected officials who are first in line of succession to their respective governors. The NLGA provides members the opportunity to network, meet, foster interstate cooperation, adopt policy resolutions on important issues, and share best practices to the benefit of the constituents in the states and territories.

This past summer, Lieutenant Governor Murray was unanimously re-elected as the East Regional Chair of the NLGA by his peers of this bi-partisan group at the Association's Annual Meeting in Baltimore, MD.


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