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.


Coronavirus Response

Governors have been on the front lines of the fight against coronavirus. NGA provides policy experts for response management, serves as a liaison to Congress and federal agencies, and facilitates state cooperation and collaboration as governors address both the public health and economic aspect of this crisis. For more please see our coronavirus response page.


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Four Ways Congress Can Partner With States And Territories To Combat COVID-19

As leaders of their respective states and territories, governors are battling the effects of the coronavirus on all fronts: protecting and supporting public health, assisting those struggling with unemployment, and working to provide accessible education.

While states and territories spend more money to meet these challenges, pandemic-related revenue losses are shattering their budgets. Only assistance from the federal government can preserve vital state services, keep millions employed, and position the economy for a full and robust recovery.

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Staff

Susie Perez Quinn—Director

Richard Lukas—Legislative Director
Economic Development & Commerce Committee

Mary Catherine Ott—Legislative Director
Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee

Stephen Parker—Legislative Director
Education & Workforce Committee

Maribel Ramos—Legislative Director
Health & Human Services Committee

Alex Whitaker—Legislative Director
Natural Resources Committee

Neil Ohlhausen—Legislative Associate

Courtney Scarbin—Project Coordinator


Policy Communications

Letter Urging Preparedness for Fall Flu Season

Letter Urging Preparedness for Fall Flu Season

September 15, 2020 The Honorable Roy BluntChair, Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and EducationU.S. SenateWashington, DC 20510The ...
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Letter Regarding the Coronavirus Relief Fund

Letter Regarding the Coronavirus Relief Fund

NGA and other state and local organizations sent a letter to the Department of the Treasury’s Office of the Inspector ...
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Letter to FEMA Regarding COVID-19 Reimbursable Expenses

Letter to FEMA Regarding COVID-19 Reimbursable Expenses

August 25, 2020The Honorable Pete GaynorAdministratorFederal Emergency Management Agency500 C Street S.W.Washington, D.C. 20472 Dear Administrator Gaynor:We write to you ...
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Letter Urging Congress to Extend Waiver Authorities for the COVID-19 School Nutrition Rules

Letter Urging Congress to Extend Waiver Authorities for the COVID-19 School Nutrition Rules

"As districts and community programs prepare for the upcoming school year, it is becoming increasingly clear that most students will ...
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Letter to Congressional Leaders Regarding Education Funding and Local Control

Letter to Congressional Leaders Regarding Education Funding and Local Control

The Honorable Mitch McConnellMajority LeaderUnited States SenateU.S. Capitol Building, Room S-230Washington, DC 20510The Honorable Nancy PelosiSpeaker of the HouseUnited States ...
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Organizations' Letter Advocating for Enhanced Federal Medicaid Match

Organizations’ Letter Advocating for Enhanced Federal Medicaid Match

The Honorable Mitch McConnellMajority Leader, United States SenateU.S. Capitol Building, Room S-230Washington, DC 20510The Honorable Chuck SchumerMinority Leader, United States ...
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Coalition Letter Advocating for Federal Aid to State and Local Governments

Coalition Letter Advocating for Federal Aid to State and Local Governments

June 29, 2020 The Honorable Mitch McConnellMajority Leader, United States SenateU.S. Capitol Building, Room S-230Washington, DC 20510The Honorable Chuck SchumerMinority ...
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National Guard

Letter Regarding Fiscal Year 2021 Defense Appropriations

June 4, 2020 The Honorable Pete ViscloskyChairman, Subcommittee on DefenseHouse Committee on AppropriationsH-405, The CapitolWashington, DC 20510 The Honorable Ken ...
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National Guard

Letter Regarding National Defense Authorization Act Priorities

June 4, 2020 The Honorable James InhofeChairmanSenate Armed Services Committee218 Russell Senate Office BuildingWashington, DC 20510 The Honorable Jack ReedRanking ...
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National Guard

Letter Requesting Extension of Title 32 Authority During Pandemic

May 28, 2020 The Honorable Donald J. TrumpPresident of the United States1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NWWashington, DC 20500Dear President Trump: On ...
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Letter Urging CARES Act Funding for Medicaid Providers

Letter Urging CARES Act Funding for Medicaid Providers

The Honorable Alex AzarSecretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services200 Independence Avenue SWWashington, DC 20201The Honorable Seema VermaAdministrator, Centers ...
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Coalition Letter Addressing Cybersecurity and IT Infrastructure Needs Due To COVID-19

Coalition Letter Addressing Cybersecurity and IT Infrastructure Needs Due To COVID-19

April 28, 2020 The Honorable Mitch McConnellMajority LeaderUnited States SenateU.S. Capitol Building, Room S-230Washington, D.C. 20510 The Honorable Chuck SchumerMinority ...
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