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

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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.

Staff

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

Coalition Letter in Support of the State Cyber Resiliency Act

Coalition Letter in Support of the State Cyber Resiliency Act

July 24, 2019The Honorable Cory GardnerU.S. Senate354 Russell Senate Office BuildingWashington, D.C. 20510 The Honorable Mark WarnerU.S. Senate703 Hart Senate ...
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Letter from NGA and Other Organizations on the Restore the Partnership Act

Letter from NGA and Other Organizations on the Restore the Partnership Act

The Honorable Gerry ConnollyU.S. House of Representatives2238 Rayburn House Office BuildingWashington, D.C. 20515 The Honorable Rob BishopU.S. House of Representatives123 ...
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Letter Expressing Support for Extension of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program Through September

Letter Expressing Support for Extension of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program Through September

DOWNLOAD THE LETTER HERE. May 30, 2019 The Honorable Mitch McConnell Majority Leader United States Senate Washington, D.C. 20510 The ...
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2019 Principles for Federal Action to Address Health Care Costs

2019 Principles for Federal Action to Address Health Care Costs

DOWNLOAD THE COVER LETTER HERE. DOWNLOAD THE PRINCIPLES HERE. May 24, 2019 The Honorable Lamar Alexander Chairman Committee on Health, ...
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Letter Regarding Importance of Federal Investment in American Agriculture

Letter Regarding Importance of Federal Investment in American Agriculture

May 21, 2019 The Honorable John Hoeven Chairman Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related ...
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Letter Regarding Importance of Federal Financing for Water and Energy Infrastructure

Letter Regarding Importance of Federal Financing for Water and Energy Infrastructure

May 21, 2019 The Honorable Lamar Alexander Chairman Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development U.S. Senate Washington, D.C. 20510 ...
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Letter to Congressional Leadership Regarding Appropriations for Interior, Environment and Related Agencies

Letter to Congressional Leadership Regarding Appropriations for Interior, Environment and Related Agencies

May 21, 2019 The Honorable Lisa Murkowski Chairman Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies U.S. Senate Washington, D.C ...
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Letter Regarding Appropriations for Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies

Letter Regarding Appropriations for Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies

May 20, 2019 The Honorable Roy Blunt Chair Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education U.S. Senate ...
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Letter from NGA and Other Organizations Regarding FAST Act Rescission of Highway Contract Authority

Letter from NGA and Other Organizations Regarding FAST Act Rescission of Highway Contract Authority

DATE:    May 20, 2019 TO:        The Honorable Mitch McConnell, Majority Leader, United States Senate The Honorable Charles E. Schumer, Minority ...
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Coalition Letter on First Step Act Appropriations

Coalition Letter on First Step Act Appropriations

Coalition Letter from NGA, the Association of State Correctional Administrators, the Council of State Governments Justice Center, the International Community ...
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NGA Letter: Defense Appropriations Priorities

NGA Letter: Defense Appropriations Priorities

NGA Letter from NGA Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee leadership (Governor Bryant and Governor Newsom) on top appropriations priorities ...
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National Governors Association's Recommendations on Cyber Security

National Governors Association’s Recommendations on Cyber Security

Letter from NGA leadership (Governor Bullock and Governor Hogan) to the Department of Homeland Security on how the Department can ...
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