Nungesser becomes chair-elect of National Lieutenant Governors Association

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
Lt. Governors attending the annual meeting in New Orleans: NLGA Chair and Montana Lt. Governor Mike Cooney; Iowa Lt. Governor Adam Gregg; NLGA Past Chair and South Dakota Lt. Governor Matt Michels; Connecticut Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman; NLGA Chair-Elect and Louisiana Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser; Nebraska Lt. Governor Mike Foley; and Tennessee Lt. Governor Randy McNally.

Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser was named Chair-Elect at the annual National Lt. Governors Association (NLGA) meeting in New Orleans. Nungesser previously served as South Region Chair of NLGA shortly after beginning his first term in office in 2016. Montana Lt. Governor Mike Cooney was elected Chair and will serve through July 2019 when Lt. Governor Nungesser will become Chair.

It is an honor to be elected to the NLGA Executive Committee as Chair-Elect,” said Lt. Governor Nungesser. “I am grateful for the opportunity to have hosted our organization in New Orleans, and I look forward to working with Lt. Governor Cooney and the rest of the leadership creating networks with other seconds-in-command while continuing to represent Louisiana as its ambassador.”

The NLGA Executive Committee is elected annually through a nominating committee and approval process and is the governing body of NLGA. The Chair and Chair-Elect are of opposite parties and rotate annually. The committee meets three times a year to discuss issues to be pursued by those first in the line of gubernatorial succession in each state.

As Chair-Elect, Lt. Governor Nungesser will work with his colleagues to promote shared priorities and to find and foster multi-state solutions to mutual problems in the spirit of cooperation and collaboration,"said NLGA Executive Director Julia Hurst. “Through NLGA, the nation's lieutenant governors influence the national dialogue on areas of common ground and shared concern for the benefit of Louisiana, its people and all states."

During the annual meeting in New Orleans, the nation’s lieutenant governors discussed issues facing Louisiana and the nation such as building cross-border tourism in regional areas, how seafood, ports, grain and forestry connect all states to Louisiana and emergency and disaster management. The lieutenant governors also passed several resolutions including those to prevent and treat obesity, to declare Alzheimer’s disease as a public health crisis and to recognize the importance of our nation’s home building industry.

In addition to being selected as Chair-Elect, Lt. Governor Nungesser also received the 2017 Public Leadership in Energy and Environmental Stewardship award by General Electric (GE) through a partnership with NLGA. He also received the Public Leadership in the Arts Award for State Arts Leadership during the NLGA annual meeting in Nashville in July 2017.

Contributed by the Office of the Lieutenant Governor