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

Governor Asa Hutchinson
Arkansas
Council of Governors Co-Chair
Term: 2019 – Present

Governor David Ige
Hawaii
Council of Governors Co-Chair
Term: 2019 – Present

Governor Mike Parson
Missouri

Governor Doug Ducey
Arizona

Governor Pete Ricketts
Nebraska

Governor Mike DeWine
Ohio

Governor Steve Bullock
Montana

Governor Tim Walz
Minnesota

Governor JB Pritzker
Illinois

Governor Ned Lamont
Connecticut

Key Issues

Catastrophic Disaster Response and Recovery

Cybersecurity

Dual-Status Command

Ensuring the National Guard is Valued

Federal Budget Discussions

Military Families

Letters

2019

2018

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