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“On Memorial Day, we honor those who marched, flew, and sailed in defense of our nation, never to see their loved ones again. With gratitude and respect, we recommit as Utahns and Americans to uphold and defend the principles and freedoms for which they laid down their lives.”

Governor Spencer Cox

“It is our responsibility to honor the legacy of those who made the ultimate sacrifice by sharing their stories and paying tribute to their service.”

Governor Ned Lamont

“We are forever indebted to the service members who have died in defense of the United States of America.”

Governor Glenn Youngkin
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“Those who serve in uniform are the best of us and put their lives on the line to protect our freedoms and liberties.”

Governor Gretchen Whitmer

“The Ohio military men and women whom we remember and celebrate … were sons and daughters, mothers and fathers. They believed in freedom, took an oath to defend it, and gave their lives doing just that. We owe them a debt we can never repay.”

Governor Mike DeWine

“On Memorial Day, we remember and honor all those who paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving and protecting our country.”

Governor Jared Polis
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2024 State of the State Addresses


The United States of America is a remarkable tapestry woven from the diverse threads of unique states and territories, each contributing to the rich and intricate fabric of our collective identity. States and territories are where innovative ideas and policies are born, and successful policies become beacons of inspiration, demonstrating the power of local solutions to national challenges. America’s Governors are the architects of these policies and the custodians of our diverse and vibrant culture.

Founded in 1908, the National Governors Association (NGA) is the voice of the nation’s Governors and a leading forum for bipartisan policy solutions. Through NGA convenings, programs and task forces, Governors work together across party lines to confront common challenges and shape federal policy. NGA advances bipartisan dialogue, fosters policy innovation, facilitates information-sharing, advocates bipartisan policy priorities, conducts research and data development, and provides technical assistance in support of the leaders of the nation’s 55 states, territories and commonwealths.


Americans need to disagree better. And by that we don’t mean that we need to be nicer to each other, although that’s helpful. We need to learn to disagree in a way that allows us to find solutions and solve problems instead of endlessly bickering.

The Disagree Better initiative will look at the problems of polarization, elevate the solutions that groups around the country are already implementing, and feature Governors showing what disagreeing better looks like.Through healthy conflict, we’re confident that we can find common ground and improve our families, our communities and our nation. Together, we can disagree better.

– Utah Governor Spencer Cox, NGA Chair

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Teams from the Center for Best Practices work with state policy leaders and other experts in fostering information sharing between states to research, develop and implement innovative solutions to public policy challenges. The only research and development firm that directly serves the nation’s Governors, the Center facilitates multi-state pilot programs, convenes subject-matter experts and hosts policy development forums across 14 program areas.

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NGA’s membership team provides resources and assistance to Governors, Governors’ Spouses and their staff from election day through the final year in office. Through a variety of programs, NGA brings together senior staff to share innovative approaches to managing their offices, while NGA’s library of publications offers detailed analyses on topics from Governor’s office operation models to state government leadership practices.

Government Affairs

The Office of Government Relations works to ensure that Governors’ views are represented in shaping federal policy. Serving as policy experts and liaisons to Congress and executive branch agencies, NGA provides legislative analysis, tracks grant opportunities and shares guidance on implementation of federal policies – working closely with Governors, state-federal contacts and other state and local government organizations to coordinate state advocacy and action.

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