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
Steve Bullock by Gage Skidmore.jpg Steve Bullock Democratic February 24, 2015 Montana VIII [6]
Asa Hutchinson 2019.jpg Asa Hutchinson Republican July 12, 2018 Arkansas VI [7]
Gov-Mike-DeWine (cropped).jpg Mike DeWine Republican February 22, 2019 Ohio V [8]
Doug Ducey (29192951874).jpg Doug Ducey Republican February 22, 2019 Arizona IX [8]
Governor David Ige (cropped 2).jpg David Ige Democratic February 22, 2019 Hawaii IX [8]
Governor Ned Lamont of Connecticut, official portrait (cropped).jpg Ned Lamont Democratic February 22, 2019 Connecticut I [8]
Mike Parson official photo (cropped).jpg Mike Parson Republican February 22, 2019 Missouri VII [8]
JB Pritzker at Gold Star Mothers Luncheon (cropped) (1).jpg JB Pritzker Democratic February 22, 2019 Illinois V [8]
Pete Ricketts (39834208574) (cropped).jpg Pete Ricketts Republican February 22, 2019 Nebraska VII [8]
Tim Walz official photo (cropped 2).jpg Tim Walz Democratic-Farmer-Labor February 22, 2019 Minnesota V [8]

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 [9]
Jay Nixon 2016.jpg Jay Nixon Democratic February 4, 2010 January 9, 2017 Missouri VII [9]
Terry Branstad by Gage Skidmore.jpg Terry Branstad Republican March 9, 2011 May 24, 2017 Iowa VII Co-Chair [10]
Mike Rounds official photo.JPG Mike Rounds Republican February 4, 2010 January 8, 2011 South Dakota VIII [9]
BradhenryDEA.jpg Brad Henry Democratic February 4, 2010 January 10, 2011 Oklahoma VI [9]
Fortuno main.jpg Luis Fortuño NPP/Republican February 4, 2010 January 2, 2013 Puerto Rico II [9]
Beverly Perdue official photo.jpg Bev Perdue Democratic February 4, 2010 January 5, 2013 North Carolina IV [9]
ChristineGregoireOfficial.jpg Christine Gregoire Democratic February 4, 2010 January 16, 2013 Washington X Co-Chair [9]
Neil Abercrombie.jpg Neil Abercrombie Democratic March 9, 2011 December 1, 2014 Hawaii IX [10]
Jan Brewer by Gage Skidmore 3.jpg Jan Brewer Republican February 4, 2010 January 5, 2015 Arizona IX [9]
Governor Pat Quinn.jpg Pat Quinn Democratic February 21, 2013 January 12, 2015 Illinois V
Governor O'Malley Portrait.jpg Martin O'Malley Democratic February 4, 2010 January 21, 2015 Maryland III Co-Chair [9]
Matt Mead.jpg Matt Mead Republican March 9, 2011 May 1, 2017 Wyoming VIII [10]
Brian Sandoval 2010.jpg Brian Sandoval Republican February 21, 2013 May 1, 2017 Nevada IX [11]
Terry McAuliffe Democratic February 24, 2015 May 1, 2017 Virginia III [6]
RickSnyder.jpg Rick Snyder Republican February 24, 2015 May 1, 2017 Michigan V [6]
Eric Greitens 2018.jpg Eric Greitens Republican May 1, 2017 June 1, 2018 Missouri VII [12]
Bill Walker.jpg Bill Walker Independent May 1, 2017 December 3, 2018 Alaska X [12]
Mark Dayton official photo.jpg Mark Dayton Democratic-Farmer-Labor February 24, 2015 January 7, 2019 Minnesota V [6]
Governor Rick Scott 2013.jpg Rick Scott Republican May 1, 2017 January 8, 2019 Florida IV [12]
Dannel Malloy 2016.jpg Dannel Malloy Democratic February 4, 2010 January 9, 2019 Connecticut I Co-Chair [9]
Governor Mary Fallin May 2015.jpg Mary Fallin Republican May 1, 2017 January 14, 2019 Oklahoma VI Co-Chair [12]
Governor Bill Haslam crop.jpg Bill Haslam Republican 2014 January 19, 2019 Tennessee IV [13]
Charlie Baker official photo (cropped).jpg Charlie Baker Republican 2016 February 22, 2019 Massachusetts I [8]
John Bel Edwards (cropped).jpg John Bel Edwards Democratic 2016 February 22, 2019 Louisiana VI [8]

Federal officials[edit]

Position Member
Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper – Secretary of Defense (cropped).jpg Mark Esper
Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan official photo (cropped).jpg Kevin McAleenan
Asst to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Douglas M. Fears (cropped).jpg Doug Fears
Director of the Office of Public Liaison Timothy Pataki
USNORTHCOM Commander Terrence J. O'Shaughnessy NORAD (cropped).jpg General Terrence J. O'Shaughnessy
Commandant of the United States Coast Guard ADM Schultz 2018 (cropped).jpg Admiral Karl L. Schultz
Chief of the National Guard Bureau framless General Joseph L. Lengyel

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.[14] A second meeting was held July 11, 2010 in Boston, Massachusetts.[15] A third meeting was scheduled for November 2010.[16][17]


  1. ^ a b Pub.L. 110–181 (text) (pdf)
  2. ^ a b c "Press Release: Executive Order 13528 – Establishing Council of Governors". Retrieved 3 June 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Executive Order 13528 [1] [2]
  4. ^ 6 U.S.C. § 101(15)
  5. ^ 42 U.S.C. § 5122(5)
  6. ^ a b c d "Nation's Governors Welcome New Council Of Governors Appointments" (Press release). National Governors Association. 24 February 2015. Archived from the original on 31 July 2015. Retrieved 29 July 2015.
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  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Association, National Governors (2019-02-22). "NGA Welcomes Council of Governors Appointments". National Governors Association. Retrieved 2019-02-28.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-02-09. Retrieved 2013-12-15.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ a b c "Nation's Governors Welcome New Council of Governors Appointments" (Press release). National Governors Association. 9 March 2011. Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  11. ^ "Sandoval Appointed to Council of Governors" (Press release). Nevada Office of the Governor. 21 February 2013. Archived from the original on 1 August 2015. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
  12. ^ a b c d
  13. ^ "Haslam Travels To Afghanistan, Germany" (Press release). Tennessee Governor's Office. 29 September 2014. Archived from the original on 13 July 2015. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
  14. ^ Archived August 4, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ Archived August 7, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  16. ^ Archived November 3, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  17. ^[dead link]

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