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Lt. Gov. Austin Davis named Vice Chair of Democratic Lieutenant Governors Association

By: - December 5, 2023 8:20 pm

Austin Davis at the State Capitol in Harrisburg, PA on Sept. 20, 2022 (Capitol-Star photo by Daniella Heminghaus)

Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. Austin Davis has been elected Vice Chair of  the Democratic Lieutenant Governors Association (DLGA). 

The organization, dedicated to helping Democrats win elections for lieutenant governor, said in a press release on Tuesday that Davis will also serve on the DLGA’s executive committee. 

“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 2024, the DLGA has its sights set on helping Democrats win the 11 elections for lieutenant governor, while also supporting President Joe Biden’s bid for a second term.

“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,” Davis said. 

Minnesota Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan will serve as the Chair of the DLGA, replacing outgoing Chair, Michigan Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist, who will remain on the organization’s executive committee.

The DLGA claims it’s the “most diverse party committee in the nation,” noting that 75% of the current Democratic lieutenant governors are people of color or women.

At 34 years old, Davis is the youngest lieutenant governor in the country, and is Pennsylvania’s first-ever Black lieutenant governor.

Prior to being elected lieutenant governor, Davis represented the 35th state House District, covering parts of Allegheny County.

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John Cole
John Cole

John Cole is a journalist based in Philadelphia. He's worked for various outlets such as The Northeast Times, PoliticsPA, and PCN. In these previous roles, he covered a wide range of topics from local civic association meetings to races across the commonwealth. He earned a degree in journalism from Temple University.