Council of Governors

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The Council of Governors is a United States council of state and federal officials that was established to "advise the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of Homeland Security, and the White House Homeland Security Council on matters related to the National Guard and civil support missions"[1] and to "strengthen further the partnership between the Federal Government and State Governments to protect [the United States] against all types of hazards".[2] The Council is tasked to review "such matters as involving the National Guard of the various States; homeland defense; civil support; synchronization and integration of State and Federal military activities in the United States; and other matters of mutual interest pertaining to National Guard, homeland defense, and civil support activities."[2]

The Council was authorized and required by the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008, enacted by the 110th Congress and signed by President George W. Bush on January 28, 2008.[1] It was officially established by Executive Order 13528, issued by President Barack Obama on January 11, 2010.[3]


The Council of Governors is composed of 10 members, selected by the President for a term of 2 years from among the governors of the several states and territories of the United States and the Mayor of the District of Columbia.[3][4][5] No more than five members may be from the same political party.[3]

Two members of the Council, of different political parties, are designated by the President to serve as Co-Chairs of the Council.[3]

The work of the Council is coordinated by an Executive Director designated by the Secretary of Defense.[3]


Member Party Tenure begun State FEMA region Notes References
Terry Branstad by Gage Skidmore.jpg Terry Branstad Republican Iowa VII Co-Chair
DannelMalloy.jpg Dannel Malloy Democrat February 4, 2010 Connecticut I [6]
Jan Brewer by Gage Skidmore 3.jpg Jan Brewer Republican February 4, 2010 Arizona IX [6]
Jay Nixon crop.jpg Jay Nixon Democrat February 4, 2010 Missouri VII [6]
Martin O'Malley Democrat February 4, 2010 Maryland III Co-Chair [6]
Neil Abercrombie.jpg Neil Abercrombie Democrat Hawaii IX
Governor Pat Quinn.jpg Pat Quinn Democrat Illinois V
Brian Sandoval 2010.jpg Brian Sandoval Republican Nevada IX
Governor Bill Haslam crop.jpg Bill Haslam Republican Tennessee IV
Matt Mead.jpg Matt Mead Republican Wyoming VIII

Former members[edit]

Member Party Tenure begun Tenure ended State FEMA region Notes References
Jim Douglas-2009.jpg Jim Douglas Republican February 4, 2010 January 6, 2011 Vermont I Co-Chair [6]
Mike Rounds official photo.JPG Mike Rounds Republican February 4, 2010 January 8, 2011 South Dakota VIII [6]
BradhenryDEA.jpg Brad Henry Democrat February 4, 2010 January 10, 2011 Oklahoma VI [6]
Fortuno main.jpg Luis Fortuño NPP/Republican February 4, 2010 January 2, 2013 Puerto Rico II [6]
Beverly Perdue official photo.jpg Bev Perdue Democrat February 4, 2010 January 5, 2013 North Carolina IV [6]
ChristineGregoireOfficial.jpg Christine Gregoire Democrat February 4, 2010 January 16, 2013 Washington X Co-Chair [6]

Federal officials[edit]

Role Name
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel
Secretary of Homeland Security TBD
Asst to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism John O. Brennan
Asst to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement Valerie Jarrett
Asst Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Americas' Security Affairs Paul N. Stockton
USNORTHCOM Commander Admiral James A. Winnefeld, Jr.
Commandant US Coast Guard Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr.
Chief National Guard Bureau Craig R. McKinley

Scope of activities[edit]

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.[2][3]


Meetings of the Council are called by the Secretary of Defense or the Co-Chairs.[3]

The inaugural meeting was held on February 23, 2010, in Washington, D.C., at the Pentagon.[7] A second meeting was held July 11, 2010 in Boston, Massachusetts.[8] A third meeting was scheduled for November 2010.[9][10]


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