Two Lieutenant Governors on the Rise

This week, Daniella and Ed speak with Lt. Govs. Juliana Stratton (D-IL) and Kate Marshall (D-NV) about their day-to-day responsibilities and the challenge of balancing the needs of rural and urban constituents in their states.

While the narratives and latest developments around the Mueller report keep spinning in Washington, work across the rest of the country hasn’t stopped. To talk about those daily efforts, two lieutenant governors—Juliana Stratton (D-IL) and Kate Marshall (D-NV)—joined Daniella and Ed in the studio this week. Free from the distractions of Beltway gossip, Stratton and Marshall speak about the various challenges and pursuits that drive their busy schedules. These two public servants have the unique task of balancing and addressing the needs of constituents living in their state’s dominating urban cores—Chicago and Las Vegas—as well as in dozens of rural counties. In addition to describing some of their biggest responsibilities—such as presiding over the Nevada Senate or leading Illinois’s Justice, Equity, and Opportunity Initiative—the lieutenant governors also pitch the best parts of their states. Everyone knows, though, that few things can beat Washington, D.C., during peak cherry-blossom bloom.

Learn more about the podcast here.

Daniella Gibbs Léger is the executive vice president for Communications and Strategy at the Center for American Progress. Ed Chung is the vice president for Criminal Justice Reform at the Center. Rachel Rosen is the senior director of Broadcast Communications at the Center. Kyle Epstein is the media relations manager at the Center. Chris Ford is the broadcast coordinator at the Center.

The positions of American Progress, and our policy experts, are independent, and the findings and conclusions presented are those of American Progress alone. A full list of supporters is available here. American Progress would like to acknowledge the many generous supporters who make our work possible.


Daniella Gibbs Léger

Executive Vice President, Communications and Strategy


Ed Chung

Senior Fellow

Rachel Rosen

Senior Director, Broadcast Communications

Kyle Epstein

Manager, Media Relations

Chris Ford

Broadcast Manager