Nation's lieutenant governors to meet in Oklahoma City

The lieutenant governors will visit Moore to discuss emergency preparedness and recovery while in Oklahoma City attending the National Lieutenant Governors Association this week.
BY MICHAEL MCNUTT mmcnutt@opubco.com Modified: July 15, 2013 at 6:15 pm •  Published: July 16, 2013

The nation's lieutenant governors will hear from their peers who led responses to storms, man-made disasters and tornadoes as well as visit parts of tornado-stricken Moore during their annual conference this week in Oklahoma City.

The seconds-in-command of the states will gather Wednesday through Friday at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel in downtown Oklahoma City for the annual meeting of the National Lieutenant Governors Association.

About 25 lieutenant governors, about the same number who attended last year's 50th anniversary convention in Chicago, are expected to attend, said Oklahoma Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb, the association's vice chairman.

In addition to hosting the conference, Lamb will take the reins of the group as part of activities Friday when he is named chairman. He will succeed Rhode Island Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts.

“I'm fortunate I get to be on my home turf as I become the chairman,” Lamb said.

Gov. Mary Fallin, who will host a dinner for the visiting officials Wednesday night at the Governor's Mansion and is vice chairman of the National Governors Association, will welcome the lieutenant governors on the session's first day.

Fallin is scheduled to become chairman of the national governors group next month during its summer meeting in Milwaukee, giving Oklahoma the rare distinction of having their elected officials head both associations.

“That's good for Oklahoma to have our two top executives as leaders within their associations,” Lamb said.

Both groups are nonpartisan. Their bylaws require that the chairman and vice chairman belong to different political parties.

Lieutenant governors last met in Oklahoma City in 1998, when Fallin, then Oklahoma's lieutenant governor, served as the group's chairman. It was the first national lieutenant governors' conference in Oklahoma since 1972.

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