Midwestern Governors Association

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The Midwestern Governors Association (MGA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that brings together the governors of Midwestern states to work cooperatively on public policy issues of significance to the region. The MGA was created in December 1962, when articles of organization were adopted at the first annual meeting in Chicago. The members of the association are the governors of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

The purpose of the MGA is "to foster regional development, to attain greater efficiency in state administration, to facilitate interstate cooperation and improve intergovernmental relationships, and to provide a medium for the exchange of views and experiences on subjects of general importance to the people of the Midwestern states." In pursuit of these objectives, the MGA has, through the years, established a wide array of committees, task forces and study groups charged with investigating and reporting on various issues of regional concern.

The MGA staff supports projects undertaken by the governors and by the MGA working groups to promote regional cooperation and problem-solving. These multi-state groups of government officials work to enhance economic development in the Midwestern states and identify opportunities at the federal level to advance the MGA's goals. Issues they have recently addressed include agriculture, workforce development, international trade and tourism promotion.

The MGA also has Gold and Silver business partners, corresponding to the different contribution and benefit levels.

List of current Midwestern Governors[edit]

The current MGA Chair is Terry Branstad of Iowa. The Vice Chair is Mark Dayton of Minnesota. The Immediate Past Chair is Pat Quinn of Illinois.

Current Governor State Past Party Took office Seat Up
Pat Quinn Illinois List Democratic 2009 2014
Mike Pence Indiana List Republican 2013 2016
Terry Branstad Iowa List Republican 2011 2014
Sam Brownback Kansas List Republican 2011 2014
Mark Dayton Minnesota List Democratic 2011 2014
Rick Snyder Michigan List Republican 2011 2014
Jay Nixon Missouri List Democratic 2009 2016 (term-limited)
John Kasich Ohio List Republican 2011 2014
Scott Walker Wisconsin List Republican 2011 2014

MGA's Past Leadership[edit]

2011 Chair- Illinois Governor Pat Quinn

2010 Chair- Ohio Governor Ted Strickland

2009 Chair- Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm

2008 Chair- South Dakota Governor Michael Rounds

2007 Chair- Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle

2006 Chair- Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty

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