NLGA members are first in line of succession as governor and they play pivotal leadership roles as lieutenant governors, Senate Presidents, or Secretaries of State.  NLGA members lead departments, divisions, commissions, and most advocate policy positions at the state and federal level.  NLGA members are also uniquely positioned in state and territorial government with more than half of the members holding power in both the executive and legislative branches.  As such, NLGA keeps members updated on policy and issue trends, research, best practices, through peer to peer exchange, original work, and presentations.

This is accomplished through programming at regularly scheduled NLGA conferences and through the many publications of NLGA such as this web site, and monthly and quarterly newsletters, features, articles, and commentaries.


NLGA may conduct State Strategy Summits.  These Summits are special meetings called for the purpose of sharing information on common challenges and possible best practice solutions.  Likewise, NLGA may conduct teleconference based webinars on policy issues.

NLGA State Strategy Committees showcase the expertise of NLGA members in select policy fields.  NLGA publishes State Strategy Perspectives from all NLGA members.

NLGA also serves as a forum through which lieutenant governors can speak with one voice on issues of concern to people of all states and territories.  Policy resolutions are considered by members twice a year at the Federal-State Relations and Annual Meetings.  Shared resolutions passed by the NLGA membership can be found, by title, under NLGA Resolutions from 1990 – current.  A ‘Call for Resolutions’ is sent to all members.  Every resolution must have bi-partisan sponsorship, then pass Committee, then pass a majority vote of the Body present at a meeting.  Resolutions are active for three years, at which time the resolution sunsets.

“Lieutenant governors, once the fifth wheel of politics, are an increasingly
significant, visible, and controversial role in state government.”
-USA Today