Maryland L.G. to govern lieutenant governors
Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown has been elected leader of the National Lieutenant Governors Association.
A Prince George's County Democrat and the nation’s highest-ranking elected official to have served a tour of duty in Iraq, Brown takes the reins Virginia Lt. Governor Bill Bolling, a Republican. Brown has been lieutenant governor for four years under Gov. Martin O'Malley and is his running mate again this year.
Brown said in a statement that he is looking forward to "working more closely with my colleagues from across the nation to share ideas and best practices that will help Governor O’Malley and me fight for Maryland’s families and small businesses.”
The National Lieutenant Governors Association organized in 1962. Brown was elected today at its annual meeting, held this year in Biloxi, Miss. He had been its vice-chairman.
The lieutenant governor assumes leadership of the state if the governor becomes incapacitated. O'Malley-Brown have changed what was "once largely a ceremonial, ticket-balancing office into a position of influence and substance," according to a statement from Brown's office.
No lieutenant governor in Maryland has gone on to be elected governor. Brown's predecessor, Michael Steele who was Republican former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s partner, unsuccessfully ran for the U.S. Senate seat held by Ben Cardin. Steele is now chairman of the Republican National Committee.