Duties of the Lieutenant Governor
There are, of course, other things that the Lt. Governor does, but his/her role as Chairman of the Tourism Commission is by far the most important and the one most emphasized here for numerous reasons:
- It’s by far the state’s biggest industry
- It’s also the best, richest and largest industry in the world
- Tourism is the easiest to expand—my goal is to increase the number of visitors by 50% in the next 4 years. I’ve heard there aren’t enough rooms. However, this “problem” can be solved with AirBnB.
- Tourism done correctly offers both job and entrepreneurial opportunities
- The tourism industry is so broad, it offers the greatest number of choices for training and experience to local citizens. For example, one immediate need would be personal services in the language of the tourists. Among the countless ways of gaining that ability would be increased foreign language instruction and foreign exchange opportunities
The other duties of the Lt. Governor include
- Executing the duties of the Governor, whenever he/she is absent.
- Acting as the de facto ambassador of the Governor and State in doing the preliminary and ongoing work involved with keeping Nevada on the cutting edge of having excellent international relationships.
- Promoting international trade and sitting on the Transportation Committee. Both of these are intertwined with duties involving tourism. In 2015 the Governor created the “Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee” (SNTIC). I’m looking forward to working with them.
- Acting as President of the Senate, giving the Lt. Governor responsibility for breaking tie votes by the Senate
- It is said—by the incumbent Lt. Governor—that developing a close relationship between the Governor and Lt. Governor must be the top priority for the Lt. Governor. My experience has taught me that the best solutions emerge out of discussions among people of different minds, but similar win-win objectives.