NGA Government Relations

The Office of Government Relations works to ensure that Governors’ views are represented in shaping federal policy by maintaining regular contact with congressional leaders and key administration officials, keeping up-to-date information on critical state–federal issues and coordinating state action.

We work closely with Governors’ Washington, D.C., office representatives, state-federal contacts and other state and local government organizations to maximize the effectiveness of NGA’s lobbying activities. Specifically, our staff serve as policy experts and liaisons to Congress and executive branch agencies and coordinate the work and policy activities of NGA committees.


NGA Task Forces & Council of Governors


Staff

  • Tiffany Waddell—Director of Government Relations
  • Renee Antoine—Legislative Director
  • Tim Carlton—Legislative Director
  • Richard Lukas—Legislative Director
  • Courtney Brinley—Legislative Associate
  • Alexis Howard—Legislative Associate
  • Mackenzi Matthews—Legislative Associate
  • Abigail Smith Judstra—Legislative Associate

Advocacy Communications Library

Governors Commend House Action to Maintain Governors’ Authority Over the National Guard

Governors Commend House Action to Maintain Governors’ Authority Over the National Guard

Washington, D.C. – National Governors Association (NGA) Chair Governor Spencer Cox of Utah and Vice Chair Governor Jared Polis of ...
Congressional Briefing on Building Readiness and Strengthening Resiliency to Combat Disasters and Emerging Threats

Congressional Briefing on Building Readiness and Strengthening Resiliency to Combat Disasters and Emerging Threats

On May 7, 2024, the NGA Public Health and Disaster Response Task Force held a congressional briefing on building readiness ...
Governors Respond to Discussion with Air Force Secretary Kendall on National Guard Proposal

Governors Respond to Discussion with Air Force Secretary Kendall on National Guard Proposal

Washington, D.C.– National Governors Association (NGA) Chair Governor Spencer Cox of Utah and Vice Chair Governor Jared Polis of Colorado ...
Education, Workforce and Community Investment Task Force FY25 Appropriations Priorities

Education, Workforce and Community Investment Task Force FY25 Appropriations Priorities

The Honorable Patty MurrayChairSenate Committee on AppropriationsCapitol Building S-146AWashington, D.C. 20510 The Honorable Susan CollinsVice ChairSenate Committee on AppropriationsCapitol Building ...
Letter to DOD On Legislative Proposal 480

Letter to DOD On Legislative Proposal 480

"The Council of Governors respectfully, and with the strongest terms, objects to the Department’s proposal, LP 480. We ask that ...
Governors Urge Congress to Pass Legislation to Support U.S. Allies

Governors Urge Congress to Pass Legislation to Support U.S. Allies

WASHINGTON D.C. – The National Governors Association (NGA) today called on Congress to come together and pass legislation to support America’s national ...
Congressional Briefing on Environmental Protection

Congressional Briefing on Environmental Protection

On April 10, 2024, NGA’s Economic Development and Revitalization Task Force and the Environmental Council of the States (ECOS) hosted ...
Governors Issue Statement on National Guard Assets

Governors Issue Statement on National Guard Assets

WASHINGTON – Today, National Governors Association Chair Governor Spencer Cox of Utah and Vice Chair Governor Jared Polis of Colorado ...
Governors Call on Congress to Keep Government Open

Governors Call on Congress to Keep Government Open

Washington, DC – Today, National Governors Association Chair Governor Spencer Cox of Utah and Vice Chair Governor Jared Polis of ...
Letter to FEMA on Improving Disaster Response and Recovery

Letter to FEMA on Improving Disaster Response and Recovery

Based on experience and feedback provided from states and territories we have compiled the following recommendations for reform in disaster ...
Governors Urge Congress to Pass Tax Measures

Governors Urge Congress to Pass Tax Measures

WASHINGTON – Today, National Governors Association Chair Governor Spencer Cox of Utah and Vice Chair Governor Jared Polis of Colorado ...
Council of Governors’ Budget Priorities for FY25-27 Budget Process

Council of Governors’ Budget Priorities for FY25-27 Budget Process

In accordance with the Council of Governors (Council) Consultative Budget Agreement, the Council engages with the Department of Defense as ...