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Nation's Lieutenant Governors Gather in Indianapolis

State of Indiana

Lieutenant governors from around the country descended on Indiana this week for a national conference.  Indiana Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann says the event can be a valuable tool to share best practices and even prepare for higher office.

Ellspermann says the National Lieutenant Governors Association was the first conference she attended after taking office. 

She says its annual meetings are an important opportunity to meet with a strong group of bipartisan colleagues, sharing ideas and promoting causes.

“Every time I go to a conference, I pick up one or two or three or five new ideas and programs, ways to augment what we’re doing here in the state of Indiana.”

Resolutions at the Indiana meeting include measures to encourage CPR education in schools, improve youth mentoring, and support Alzheimer’s research.  And the lieutenant governor says the conferences can be an important building block.

“There will be more lieutenant governors become governor than any other group of elected officials, so it is a training ground,” Ellspermann said.

In addition to hosting this year’s conference, Ellspermann also serves as the national association’s Midwest regional chair.

Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.