Gov. Harrison’s busy day
After her official swearing-in, Governor Harrison engaged in a full schedule of events, including a meeting with Taiwan Ambassador Pu-Tsung King, a women’s caucus meeting with legislators and senior administration officials, and a meeting with Lt. Governor Brown. Governor Harrison also addressed a “Congress of Educators” on the importance of environmental literacy, stream restoration and protecting the Chesapeake Bay. As part of her official duties as governor, she also helped to swear-in Jim Smith as Maryland’s Transportation Secretary and Abigail Hopper as the Director of the Maryland Energy Administration. During her afternoon staff meeting, Governor Harrison also received a call today from Julia Pierson, the first woman to be named director of the U.S. Secret Service.
“I think it is wonderful that at such a young age, Genea (Miss Harrison) is showing an interest in public service. As a woman who has spent her career in law enforcement and public service, it is encouraging to see a new generation of young women getting involved and working to make the world a better and safer place,” said Pierson.
“I am proud that Governor O’Malley picked me as Maryland’s first-ever ‘Governor for a Day’ because I believe girls can take charge too and because I was governor today, it means that other girls like me can become whatever they want,” Governor Genea Harrison said. “Everyone can make a difference and we can all help people and make Maryland a better place to live.”
“I am so impressed by Genea and her passion for making Maryland a better place,” Senator Barbara A. Mikulski said. “I work every day in the Senate to ensure that women are at the table and on the agenda, and that we empower women and inspire the next generation of young girls. Genea exemplifies that.”
“On behalf of the residents of Prince George’s County, I want to congratulate ‘Governor for a Day’ and Prince Georgian Genea Harrison for this incredible accomplishment,” said Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III. “I encourage all Prince Georgians and Marylanders to read her inspiring essay and her laudable goals that together as Marylanders we should all be working to accomplish. Prince George’s County is very proud of ‘Governor’ Harrison and we hope that she will be a role model for all children in our County and across the State to become more involved in their communities.”
Read on for Genea’s essay