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Austin Davis elected vice chair of Democratic Lieutenant Governors Association

Minnesota Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan was elected as chair of the organization.

Lt. Gov. Austin Davis speaks at a press conference in October 2023.

Lt. Gov. Austin Davis speaks at a press conference in October 2023. Commonwealth Media Services

Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. Austin Davis on Tuesday was elected vice chair of the Democratic Lieutenant Governors Association, a national group focused on electing Democratic candidates to lieutenant governor offices around the country.

Davis, who made history as Pennsylvania’s first Black lieutenant governor when he was sworn in back in January, will also serve on the organization’s executive committee, which, according to a press release, will seek to help Democrats win 11 lieutenant governor elections scheduled for 2024. 

Davis said in a statement on Tuesday that he is looking forward to helping others win lieutenant governor elections over the next year. 

“With one of the most important elections ahead of us, I’m excited to continue the DLGA’s work to elect public servants who are committed to keeping our communities safe and creating ladders of opportunity for every American, no matter where they live or what they look like,” Davis said in a statement. 

“This year, the DLGA will stay laser-focused on electing leaders who advocate for what we believe in – fighting for working-class and middle-class families, addressing the epidemic of gun violence and protecting our freedom to make our own reproductive decisions,” he continued.

In addition to Davis, Michigan Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist and Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Sara Rodriguez will also serve on the organization’s executive committee, and Minnesota Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan will serve as the DLGA chair, making her the first Native American woman to chair a national party committee. 

Flanagan, who acknowledged her historic election, said she is looking forward to securing more wins for Democrats, this time at the national level. “Now, I’m excited to work with my fellow Lieutenant Governors and voters across the country to deliver on this work nationwide, from protecting access to abortion to creating good-paying jobs,” Flanagan said. “As the first Native woman to serve as a national party committee chair, I am committed to inclusion and helping elect leaders who represent the diversity and strength of our country.”