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.

COVID-19 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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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.

Staff

Susie Perez Quinn—Director

Richard Lukas—Legislative Director

Mary Catherine Ott—Legislative Director

Stephen Parker—Legislative Director

Maribel Ramos—Legislative Director

Alex Whitaker—Legislative Director

Neil Ohlhausen—Legislative Associate

Courtney Scarbin—Legislative Coordinator

Advocacy Communications Library

Testimony - Unfunded Mandate Reform Act

Testimony – Unfunded Mandate Reform Act

Good morning. I am grateful for the opportunity to testify on behalf of the nation's Governors on a five-year review ...
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Testimony - Medicare, Prescription Drugs, and Current Coverage Options

Testimony – Medicare, Prescription Drugs, and Current Coverage Options

Mr. Chairman and members of the committee, I appreciate the opportunity to appear before you today on behalf of the ...
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Testimony - ITFA

Testimony – ITFA

Delivered to the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation The Honorable John McCain, Chairman Full Committee Hearing on ...
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Testimony - Superfund

Testimony – Superfund

Good morning, Mr. Chairman and members of the Subcommittee. I am Ruth Ann Minner, Governor of the State of Delaware, ...
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Testimony - IFTA

Testimony – IFTA

Mr. Chairman and members of the committee, I am Michael Leavitt, Governor of Utah. I am here today not only ...
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Testimony - Internet taxation

Testimony – Internet taxation

Mr. Chairman and members of the committee, on behalf of the National Governors' Association and the people of Michigan, thank ...
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Testimony - Medicare Reform

Testimony – Medicare Reform

Mr. Chairman and members of the committee, I appreciate the opportunity to appear before you today on behalf of the ...
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Testimony - Medicare Reform

Testimony – Medicare Reform

Chairman Roth, Senator Moynihan, distinguished Committee Members, thank you for inviting me to testify on the topic of Medicare financing ...
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Testimony - Tobacco Settlement Funds

Testimony – Tobacco Settlement Funds

Mr. Chairman, thank you for the opportunity to appear before this subcommittee today to testify on the Governors' number one ...
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