NLGA Members – Fast Facts

As of February 17, 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).
  • Two gubernatorial successions took place in 2021 (RI and NY).

Meet NLGA’s four 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 Brian Benjamin

Brian A. Benjamin is the 78th Lieutenant Governor of New York State, appointed by Governor Kathy Hochul in September 2021. Lt. Governor Benjamin previously served as the New York State Senator for District 30, serving as Chair of the Budget & Revenue Committee and Senate Assistant Majority Leader. As Lt. Governor, Benjamin is focused on ensuring equitable recovery from COVID-19 for all New Yorkers. Lt. Governor Benjamin serves as chair of the state’s ten Regional Economic Development Councils, and works closely with Governor Hochul on New York State’s public safety agenda. Additionally, Lt. Governor Benjamin will focus in particular on the task of improving the New York City Housing Authority.

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.