For Immediate Release - July 20, 2012

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR MURRAY UNANIMOUSLY ELECTED LEADER OF THE NATIONAL LIEUTENANT GOVERNORS ASSOCIATION

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – Friday, July 20, 2012 – Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray was unanimously elected to serve as chair of the National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA) today at the association’s annual meeting in Chicago, Illinois. In this role, Lieutenant Governor Murray will lead the NLGA, a bi-partisan, professional association that includes officeholders first in line of succession to the governor in all 50 states and the U.S. territories.  

“The NLGA provides a platform for lieutenant governors to work in a bi-partisan manner to help advance policies important to all states and also share best practices to make all states stronger,” said Lieutenant Governor Murray. “As chair, I look forward to building upon this partnership to increase opportunities for lieutenant governors to advocate for key issues facing our states and the country.” 

As chair, Lieutenant Governor Murray will also lead the NLGA Executive Committee, which meets at least three times a year and is responsible for determining the NLGA’s agenda for the year. In addition to its specific duties, the committee will address issues of mutual concern to all members. Lieutenant Governor Murray has previously stated investing in transportation infrastructure will continue to be a top priority for NLGA members, as well as preventing foreclosures and promoting the value of the National Guard to America and all states. The position is a one-year term with Lieutenant Governor Murray serving until July of 2013. Lieutenant Governor Murray recently completed his term as chair-elect of the NLGA, and previously served as treasurer for one term and east regional chair for two terms. 

“I salute the National Lieutenant Governors Association for wisely and unanimously electing Tim Murray as chair,” said Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. “Tim will surely bring all the thoughtfulness and effectiveness to the NLGA's national agenda that he does every day to our work here in Massachusetts.” 

"As NLGA leader, I’m confident Lieutenant Governor Murray will work with his peers across the nation to find and foster multi-state and regional solutions to problems," said outgoing NLGA Chair Nebraska Lieutenant Governor Rick Sheehy.  "I’ve enjoyed working with Lieutenant Governor Murray for the past few years. He has the expertise to excel in the leadership of NLGA and will be a great asset to the organization." 

NLGA Executive Director Julia Hurst noted that Lieutenant Governor Murray “was elected to this position bi-partisanly by his peers." 

The annual meeting of the NLGA concluded today with the vote electing Lieutenant Governor Murray as chair and also approving a range of policy resolutions. Among the policy resolutions approved by the NLGA members, Lieutenant Governor Murray joined Nevada Lieutenant Governor Brian Krolicki to co-sponsor a resolution urging the President and Congress to “address the nation’s housing crisis in a meaningful and responsible manner” that will help spur economic recovery “while avoiding any legislation or regulatory actions that will inhibit the recovery of the home building industry.” Lieutenant Governor Murray also co-sponsored another resolution with Virginia Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling that “calls upon all levels of governments to work cooperatively with the private sector, nonprofits, and academia to develop robust broadband awareness, adoption, and use programs.” 

A former three-term mayor of Worcester, the second largest city in Massachusetts and New England, Murray was re-elected in 2010 to a second term as Lieutenant Governor.  Working closely with Governor Patrick, Lieutenant Governor Murray works to make government more responsive to all residents. Lieutenant Governor Murray serves as the Governor's lead advocate and liaison to municipalities across Massachusetts, and leads the Administration's efforts to expand commuter rail and freight service and invest in regional transportation, to increase access to housing and end homelessness, to protect and expand Massachusetts’ military bases, and to enhance services for veterans and their families. He also works closely on policies addressing municipalities, substance abuse, and sexual and domestic violence prevention, and leads a STEM education initiative as chair of the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Advisory Council. 

For more information on NLGA, see www.nlga.us.    


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