Lt. Governor Mike Cooney today was selected to serve as chairman of the National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA). NLGA is a professional association for the second-highest ranking officials in all 50 states and the U.S. territories.
“It’s an incredible honor to serve my fellow colleagues in the spirit of cooperation and collaboration,” said Lt. Governor Cooney. “Montana offers the exchange of experiences and ideas as we continue to build on our economy, on opportunities for Montana families, and on our shared values. In turn, I look forward to learning more from other lieutenant governors as we secure better futures for our states, regardless of political party.”
Lt. Governor Cooney was selected and confirmed to this position by his peers from across the nation.
“As Chair, Lt. Governor Cooney will work with his colleagues to promote shared priorities and to find and foster multi-state solutions to mutual problems," 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 Montana, its people, and all states."
The committee meets three times a year to chart issues and work to be pursued by the nation’s officeholders first in line of gubernatorial succession. Lt. Governor Cooney serves until July of 2019.
Lt. Governor Cooney brings with him a background as a long time public servant and elected official, having served in both houses of the Montana legislative branch and three terms as Secretary of State, where he served as chair of the National Association of Secretaries of State. Since being selected as Lieutenant Governor, he has engaged NLGA in emergency preparation and response as chair of the Governor’s Drought and Water Supply Advisory Committee and in workforce development initiatives, such as apprenticeships and small business growth.