2019-02-25 National Governors Association

Winter Meeting by the Numbers: 48 Governors, 1,911 Attendees Convene in Washington

Photos from top left: 1. Montana Governor Steve Bullock, the National Governors Association chair, addresses a reception honoring the National Guard. 2. Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, the NGA vice chair, participates in a culinary diplomacy demonstration with Chefs Amanda Freitag and Marc Murphy of the Food Network’s “Chopped.” 3. President Trump speaks to governors at the White House. 4. Governors, including Ralph Torres of the Northern Mariana Islands (center) and Lou Leon Guerrero of Guam (bottom right) share a lighthearted moment at a reception hosted by Vice President Pence.
Photo credit: Rebecca Drobis, National Governors Association

After Successful 111th Winter Meeting in Washington, Governors to Talk Jobs of the Future in Des Moines

WASHINGTON — Forty-eight governors were among 1,911 attendees who converged on Washington for the 111th annual Winter Meeting of the National Governors Association, which brought together leaders from around the world with leading thinkers and doers in finance, criminal justice, technology, energy, health, trade and more.

Turnout was the second-highest in the history of the annual meeting in Washington, exceeded only by the 1,983, including a large delegation from Ghana, who attended the 2018 Winter Meeting.

Governors spent time with President Trump, Vice President Pence, Cabinet secretaries, and representatives of countries including Canada, Mexico, Japan, Vietnam, Australia, South Korea, Germany, the United Kingdom, Denmark, Egypt, the Philippines, Croatia, Slovenia and more.

In a White House meeting Monday, the final day of the four-day Winter Meeting, President Trump highlighted prospects for federal legislation on infrastructure, which is a top priority for governors.

In addition to the vast majority of governors of states and territories, the Winter Meeting was attended by 35 governors’ spouses and 174 staff members.

Building off of the success of the conference at the Marriott Marquis in Washington, Governors Steve Bullock of Montana, the NGA chair; Larry Hogan of Maryland, the vice chair; and Kim Reynolds of Iowa are scheduled to meet in Des Moines March 4-5 for a workshop on Gov. Bullock’s Good Jobs for All Americans initiative. The media are invited to cover much of the first day of the workshop, which will cover strategies to empower rural communities, reskill mid-career workers and create a future-ready workforce.

NGA’s Summer Meeting, its other large annual convening of governors, is scheduled for July in Salt Lake City.

Videos of many Winter Meeting sessions can be found on C-SPAN. Members of the media who need photos from the meeting should email James Nash at jnash@nga.org with as much detail as possible about the photos requested. Please note that we will also be posting photos from the meeting on our website and releasing podcasts featuring guests from the meeting in one-on-one conversations on international trade, energy, infrastructure, technology and other topics.

National Governors Association

Founded in 1908, the National Governors Association (NGA) is the nonpartisan organization of the nation’s 55 governors. Through NGA, governors share best practices, address issues of national and state interest and share innovative solutions that improve state government and support the principles of federalism.
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