NLGA Members – Fast Facts

As of July 25, 2022

  • Lieutenant governors become governor at a greater rate than any other elected official.
  • At this time, 16 GOVERNORS are former NLGA Members.
  • Three sitting governors have led NLGA as Chair (DE, IA and RI).

Meet NLGA’s five newest Members!

Rhode Island Lt. Governor Sabina Matos

Sabina Matos was appointed as the 70th Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island in April 2021. She is the second woman to hold this post and the first woman of color. Additionally, she is the first Dominican American to hold the position of Lieutenant Governor in the United States. Before she was appointed Lieutenant Governor, she served on the Providence City Council. As Lieutenant Governor, her top priorities are housing, small business growth and development, elder care, education, and veteran’s affairs.

New York Lt. Governor Antonio Delgado

Antonio Delgado is Lieutenant Governor of New York State, appointed by Governor Kathy Hochul in May 2022. Before serving as Lieutenant Governor, Delgado enjoyed a career in the music industry focused on empowering young people through hip hop; worked as an attorney focusing on complex commercial litigation, while dedicating significant time to pro bono work in connection with criminal justice reform; and served in the U.S. House representing New York’s 19th Congressional District. Delgado was the first person of color to represent upstate New York in Congress.

Nevada Lt. Governor Lisa Cano Burkhead

Lisa Cano Burkhead was appointed Lieutenant Governor of Nevada in December 2021, after having served 25 years as an award-winning educator. As Lt. Governor, she is a member of the Governor’s Cabinet, President of the State Senate, Chair of the Nevada Commission on Tourism, Chair of the Advisory Board on Outdoor Recreation, Vice Chair of the Board of Transportation, and a Member of the Board of Economic Development, the Executive Budget Audit Committee, the Nevada Commission on Homeland Security, and the Keep Nevada Working Task Force.

Virginia Lt. Governor Winsome Earle-Sears

Winsome Earle-Sears was elected Lieutenant Governor of Virginia in 2021. She is the first female Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the first Black female elected to statewide office. Lt. Governor Earle-Sears is a trained electrician and successful businesswoman. As Lt. Governor, she presides over the Senate and is a member of several other state boards, commissions and councils, including the Board of Trustees of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, the Center for Rural Virginia; the Board of Directors of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership and the Virginia Tourism Authority; the Virginia Military Advisory Council, the Commonwealth Preparedness Council and the Council on Virginia’s Future.

Puerto Rico Secretary of State Omar Marrero

Omar J. Marrero was appointed Secretary of State by Governor Pedro Pierluisi in July 2021. At the time of appointment, Marrero also serves as the executive director of the Fiscal Agency and Financial Advisory Authority (AAFAF), a position he will hold until Puerto Rico’s current debt restructuring process is completed.
Marrero previously served as secretary of the Department of Consumer Affairs (DACO), as well as having been executive director of the Ports Authority, the Convention District Authority and the Authority for the Public Private Partnerships. After Hurricane María, as AAFAF executive director, he was in charge of establishing the Office of Recovery, Reconstruction and Resilience, better known as COR3. Since 2010, he has taught Corporations Law, LLCs Law and Not-for-profit Governance as an Adjunct Professor of the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico School of Law.