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.

Key Issues: Catastrophic Disaster Response And Recovery, Cybersecurity, Dual-Status Command, Ensuring The National Guard Is Valued, Federal Budget Discussions, and Military Families

Council Members

Governor Mike DeWine (Ohio)
Co-Chair

Governor Tim Walz (Minnesota)
Co-Chair

Governor Kate Brown
Oregon

Governor John Carney
Delaware

Governor Spencer Cox
Utah

Governor John Bel Edwards
Louisiana

Governor Bill Lee
Tennessee

Governor Mark Gordon
Wyoming

Governor Phil Scott
Vermont

Governor Gretchen Whitmer
Michigan

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