DLGA Grows by Over 50% with More Diversity

WASHINGTON — Democrats picked up eight lieutenant governor seats in this year’s elections, raising the total from 14 to 22 Democratic lieutenant governors and made historic gains with diverse candidates now representing the majority of the American population, including two US 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 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.”

DLGA Chairman Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax traveled across the country to boost Democratic lieutenant governor candidates and visited over nine states to personally campaign with candidates.

New lieutenant governors come from nearly every corner of the country and represent a historically high amount of diversity, including seven women, three African Americans, two Hispanic Americans, one Native American and the first openly gay lieutenant governor in our country’s history.

Pickups in the Midwest:

  • ILLINOIS – Juliana Stratton
  • KANSAS – Lynn Rogers
  • MICHIGAN – Garlin Gilchrist II
  • MINNESOTA – Peggy Flanagan
  • WISCONSIN – Mandela Barnes

Pickups in the West:

  • NEVADA – Kate Marshall
  • NEW MEXICO – Howie Morales

US Territory

  • GUAM – Josh Tenorio


“This is a giant stride for the DLGA, which was invigorated this year with Chairman Fairfax’s energy,” said DLGA Executive Director Roshan Patel. “It’s time we brought more diversity and more talent to the number two spot in our states who have the power to make a real difference in our states’ economies, access to healthcare and education system.”

Seats Retained:

  • CALIFORNIA – Eleni Kounalakis, lieutenant governor-elect
  • COLORADO – Dianne Primavera, lieutenant governor-elect
  • CONNECTICUT – Susan Bysiewicz, lieutenant governor-elect
  • HAWAII – Josh Green, lieutenant governor-elect
  • PENNSYLVANIA – John Fetterman, lieutenant governor-elect
  • NEW YORK – Kathy Hochul, incumbent
  • RHODE ISLAND – Dan McKee, incumbent
  • VERMONT – David Zuckerman, incumbent

Democratic 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.

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