The Council of Governors (Council) was created by the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2008 and formally established by Executive Order 13528, issued on January 11, 2010. The Council is intended to serve as a mechanism for governors and key federal officials to address matters pertaining to the National Guard, homeland defense and defense support to civil authorities.

The Council consists of 10 governors appointed by the President – five from each party – with two governors serving as co-chairs. The Executive Order specifically names a number of federal participants in the Council, including the Secretaries of Defense and Homeland Security, the President’s Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Advisor, the Commander of U.S. Northern Command and the Chief of the National Guard Bureau, among others.

To ensure that the Council appropriately represents all governors, the Council co-chairs, through the National Governors Association, share documents for review and discussion with all governors’ offices prior to their approval by the Council.

Council Members

 

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Governor Terry Branstad

Iowa
Council of Governors Co-Chair
Term: 2011 – Present

 

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Governor Dannel Malloy

Connecticut
Council of Governors Co-Chair
Term: 2010 – Present

 

 

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Governor Steve Bullock
Montana
Term: 2015 – Present

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Governor Mark Dayton
Minnesota
Term: 2015 – Present

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Governor Bill Haslam
Tennessee
Term: 2014 – Present

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Governor Terry McAuliffe
Virginia
Term: 2015 – Present

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Governor John Bel Edwards
Louisiana
Term: 2016 – Present

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Governor Charlie Baker
Massachusetts
Term: 2016 – Present

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Governor Brian Sandoval
Nevada
Term: 2013 – Present

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Governor Rick Snyder
Michigan
Term: 2015 – Present

 

Former Council Members

 

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Governor Jim Douglas
Vermont

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Governor Mike Rounds
South Dakota

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Governor Brad Henry
Oklahoma

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Governor Luis Fortuño
Puerto Rico

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Governor Bev Perdue
North Carolina

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Governor Christine Gregorie
Washington

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Governor Neil Abercrombie
Hawaii

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Governor Jan Brewer
Arizona

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Governor Pat Quinn
Illinois

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Governor Martin O'Malley
Maryland

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Governor Matt Mead
Wyoming

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Governor Jay Nixon
Missouri

Key Issues

Dual-Status Command

Military Technicians

Ensuring the Guard is Valued

Federal Budget Discussions

Resources

Letters