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

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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Joint Letter on the 2020 Water Resources Development Act

Joint Letter on the 2020 Water Resources Development Act

April 24, 2020 The Honorable John BarrassoChairmanCommittee on the Environment and Public WorksUnited States Senate307 Dirksen Senate Office BuildingWashington, DC ...
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Governors' Letter Regarding COVID-19 Aid Request

Governors’ Letter Regarding COVID-19 Aid Request

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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Follow-Up: Coalition Letter on Fiscal Year 2020 Preparedness Grant Requirements

Follow-Up: Coalition Letter on Fiscal Year 2020 Preparedness Grant Requirements

April 9, 2020 The Honorable Chad WolfActing SecretaryDepartment of Homeland SecurityWashington, D.C. 20528 The Honorable Pete GaynorAdministratorFederal Emergency Management Agency500 ...
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Letter to U.S. Department of Education Regarding Education Stabilization Fund

Letter to U.S. Department of Education Regarding Education Stabilization Fund

April 3, 2020The Honorable Betsy DeVosSecretary, U.S. Department of Education400 Maryland Avenue, SWWashington, DC 20202Dear Secretary DeVos: On behalf of ...
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Coalition Letter on Fiscal Year 2020 Preparedness Grant Requirements

Coalition Letter on Fiscal Year 2020 Preparedness Grant Requirements

April 3, 2020 The Honorable Chad WolfActing SecretaryDepartment of Homeland SecurityWashington, D.C. 20528 The Honorable Pete GaynorAdministratorFederal Emergency Management Agency500 ...
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Letter Requesting FEMA Waive Cost-Share Requirements

Letter Requesting FEMA Waive Cost-Share Requirements

April 2, 2020 President Donald J. Trump The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20500 Dear President Trump: ...
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Request for Guidance on the Coronavirus Relief Fund

Request for Guidance on the Coronavirus Relief Fund

March 28, 2020 The Honorable Steven Mnuchin Secretary of the Treasury U.S. Department of Treasury 1500 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, ...
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State and Local Government Organizations Seek Pause on Public Comments on Rulemaking Processes

State and Local Government Organizations Seek Pause on Public Comments on Rulemaking Processes

March 20, 2020 President Donald J. Trump The White House1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.Washington, D.C. 20500 Dear Mr. President: On behalf ...
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Governors' Request for Third Congressional Supplemental Bill

Governors’ Request for Third Congressional Supplemental Bill

March 20, 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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National Governors Association Advocates Extension of REAL ID Deadline

National Governors Association Advocates Extension of REAL ID Deadline

March 17, 2020 The Honorable Chad WolfActing SecretaryDepartment of Homeland SecurityWashington, D.C. 20528 Dear Acting Secretary Wolf: Governors, states and ...
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State and Local Coalition Calls for Federal Broadband Investment

State and Local Coalition Calls for Federal Broadband Investment

A coalition of organizations representing state and local governments released the following statement in response to hearings on the FY ...
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