Loading...

Blue Tide Rises in the States with 8 Lt. Governor Pickups

November 9, 2018 by TWN Staff
Blue Tide Rises in the States with 8 Lt. Governor Pickups
J.B. Pritzker declares victory with running mate Juliana Stratton in the Democratic gubernatorial primary on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 on election night at the Marriott Marquis in Chicago, Ill. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

In a 2018 election with plenty of firsts, Democratic Lt. Governors picked up eight seats in this year’s elections, bringing the total from 14 to 22. These historic gains mean Democrats in these seats now represent a majority of the American population, including two U.S. territories.

“I am so proud of all our new lieutenant governors. They stepped forward this election to send a message to Donald Trump that we will be fighting back on his actions state by state,” said Democratic Lt. Governors Association (DLGA) Chairman and Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax. “Collectively, our statewide leaders now more fully reflect the states they represent and they will be listening to our communities so they can help enact real change.”

The new crop of lieutenant governors represent a historically high amount of diversity in all parts of the country, including seven women, three African Americans, two Hispanic Americans, one Native American and the first openly gay lieutenant governor in our country’s history.

According to the DLGA, lieutenant governors serve as a state’s second-in-command and perform critical tasks overseeing economic development, trade policy, homeland security, education and overall legislative processes. Lieutenant governors are the only officials with specific duties and powers in two branches of state government: the executive and legislative branches.

 

Here’s a look at the balance of power change across the country:

Democratic Pickups

ILLINOIS: Juliana Stratton

KANSAS: Lynn Rogers

MICHIGAN: Garlin Gilchrist II

MINNESOTA: Peggy Flanagan

WISCONSIN: Mandela Barnes

NEVADA: Kate Marshall

NEW MEXICO: Howie Morales

GUAM: Josh Tenorio

Republican Pickups

ALASKA: Kevin Meyer

 

Democratic Seats Retained

CALIFORNIA: Eleni Kounalakis

COLORADO: Dianne Primavera

CONNECTICUT: Susan Bysiewicz

HAWAII: Josh Green

PENNSYLVANIA: John Fetterman

NEW YORK: Kathy Hochul, incumbent

RHODE ISLAND – Dan McKee, incumbent

VERMONT: David Zuckerman, incumbent

Republican Seats Retained

ALABAMA: Will Ainsworth

ARKANSAS: Tim Griffin, incumbent

FLORIDA?

GEORGIA: Geoff Duncan

IDAHO: Janice McGeachin

IOWA: Kim Reynolds

MARYLAND: Boyd Rutherford, incumbent

MASSACHUSETTS: Karyn Polito, incumbent

NEBRASKA: Mike Foley, incumbent

OHIO: Mary Taylor, incumbent

OKLAHOMA: Matt Pinnell

SOUTH CAROLINA: Kevin Bryant, incumbent

SOUTH DAKOTA: Matthew Michels, incumbent

TEXAS: Dan Patrick, incumbent

UTAH: Spencer Cox, incumbent

In The News

Health

Voting

2018 Midterms

January 5, 2022
by Dan McCue
VA Seeking Comment on Waiving Copayments for Veterans at High Risk for Suicide

WASHINGTON — The Department of Veteran Affairs is seeking public comment on a proposal to waive copayments for medications and... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Department of Veteran Affairs is seeking public comment on a proposal to waive copayments for medications and health care services for veterans who have been identified as being at a high risk for suicide. According to a notice published in the Federal Register... Read More

January 3, 2022
by Dan McCue
Familiar Face Returns to Lead Global War on Terrorism Memorial Effort

WASHINGTON — Michael “Rod” Rodriguez, the former head of the Global War on Terrorism Memorial Foundation, is returning to the... Read More

WASHINGTON — Michael “Rod” Rodriguez, the former head of the Global War on Terrorism Memorial Foundation, is returning to the role of president and CEO as the effort to build the memorial picks up steam, the organization announced Monday. As reported by The Well News last... Read More

November 17, 2021
by Tom Ramstack
House Panel Seeks Better Interventions To Prevent Veteran Suicides

WASHINGTON — The heartrending subject of veteran suicide was again front and center on Capitol Hill Wednesday as a House... Read More

WASHINGTON — The heartrending subject of veteran suicide was again front and center on Capitol Hill Wednesday as a House panel heard one heartbreaking story after another about young people who placed themselves in harm’s way for their country only to return home and take their... Read More

November 10, 2021
by Tom Ramstack
Congress Seeks to Serve More Food to Veterans Who Served the US

WASHINGTON — Navy veteran Tim Keefe told a congressional panel Wednesday about how he was willing to give his life... Read More

WASHINGTON — Navy veteran Tim Keefe told a congressional panel Wednesday about how he was willing to give his life for his country when he enlisted in the military. After he left the Navy, he had trouble finding a sandwich to eat. He suffered a job... Read More

November 10, 2021
by Alexa Hornbeck
How the Mission Act is Negatively Impacting Veteran Access to Health Care

WASHINGTON — The Mission Act was launched in 2019 to protect veterans' access to health care, but now health policy... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Mission Act was launched in 2019 to protect veterans' access to health care, but now health policy experts are finding that the legislation may actually be preventing access. “Veterans who need to go to [into] the community are not getting care, or getting... Read More

November 10, 2021
by Kate Michael
Public Given Rare Access at Centennial for the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

WASHINGTON — It hasn’t happened in close to one hundred years and isn’t likely to ever happen again, but for... Read More

WASHINGTON — It hasn’t happened in close to one hundred years and isn’t likely to ever happen again, but for two full days in advance of Veteran’s Day, the public has been invited to approach the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  A Centennial Commemoration for the... Read More

News From The Well
Exit mobile version