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

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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.


Tiffany Waddell—Director of Government Relations

Tim Carlton—Legislative Director

Michael Horder—Legislative Director

Christian Lovell—Legislative Director

Richard Lukas—Legislative Director

Maribel Ramos—Legislative Director

Badiki Ebenja—Legislative Associate

Courtney Scarbin—Legislative Coordinator

Advocacy Communications Library

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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