Council of Governors
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The Council of Governors is a group of 10 U.S. state governors that was established in January 2010 to strengthen partnership between federal and state governments in protecting against hazards of all types. The Council was recommended by the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008, which was enacted by the 110th Congress and signed by President George W. Bush on January 28, 2008, and was officially created by Executive Order 13528, issued by President Barack Obama on January 11, 2010.
According to the executive order that created the Council, it consists of 10 governors (no more than 5 of whom may belong to the same political party) plus the governor of Puerto Rico. The ten appointed governors are selected by the President, and two are designated by him as Co-Chairs. The Co-Chairs may not belong to the same political party. There is also an Executive Director appointed by the Secretary of Defense.
Council members 2012-2013
|Co-Chair||Terry Branstad||Iowa||Republican||Region VII|
|Co-Chair||Chris Gregoire||Washington||Democrat||Region X|
|Member||Luis Fortuño||Puerto Rico||NPP/Republican||Region II|
|Member||Robert McDonnell||Virginia||Republican||Region III|
|Member||Martin O'Malley||Maryland||Democrat||Region III|
|Member||Beverly Perdue||North Carolina||Democrat||Region IV|
|Member||Brad Henry||Oklahoma||Democrat||Region VI|
|Member||Neil Abercrombie||Hawaii||Democrat||Region IX|
|Member||Jay Nixon||Missouri||Democrat||Region VII|
|Member||Matt Mead||Wyoming||Republican||Region VIII|
|Member||Janice Brewer||Arizona||Republican||Region IX|
|Secretary of Defense||Chuck Hagel||Federal||---||---|
|Secretary of Homeland Security||TBD||Federal||---||---|
|Asst to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism||John O. Brennan||Federal||---||---|
|Asst to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement||Valerie Jarrett||Federal||---||---|
|Asst Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Americas' Security Affairs||Paul N. Stockton||Federal||---||---|
|USNORTHCOM Commander||Admiral James A. Winnefeld, Jr.||Federal||---||---|
|Commandant US Coast Guard||Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr.||Federal||---||---|
|Chief National Guard Bureau||Craig R. McKinley||Federal||---||---|
Scope of activities
Topics for review by the Council of Governors include synchronization and integration of state and federal military activities and other matters related to state National Guard organizations, homeland defense, and civil support.
Meetings of the Council are called by the Secretary of Defense or the Co-Chairs. The inaugural meeting was held on February 23, 2010, in Washington, D.C., at the Pentagon. A second meeting was held July 11, 2010 in Boston, Massachusetts. A third meeting was scheduled for November 2010.
- (1) http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/president-obama-signs-executive-order-establishing-council-governors Whitehouse Press Release.
- (2) http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/2010executive_order.pdf Text of the executive order.
- (3) http://blog.uscg.dhs.gov/2010/02/council-of-governors-historic-day.asp Web Journal of Adm Thad Allen.
- (4) http://www.northcom.mil?NNCBlog/2010/07/12/CouncilOfGovernorsMeeting.aspx NORTHCOM Blog about the second meeting.
- (5) http://www.governor.wa.gov/news/news-view.asp?pressRelease=1425&newsType=1 Gregoire press release.
- (6) http://www.nga.org/cms/home/news-room/news-releases/page_2011/col2-content/main-content-list/general-content-1.html