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Council of Governors

The Council of Governors is a United States council of state and federal officials that was established to "advise the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of Homeland Security, and the White House Homeland Security Council on matters related to the National Guard and civil support missions"[1] and to "strengthen further the partnership between the Federal Government and State Governments to protect [the United States] against all types of hazards".[2] The Council is tasked to review "such matters as involving the National Guard of the various States; homeland defense; civil support; synchronization and integration of State and Federal military activities in the United States; and other matters of mutual interest pertaining to National Guard, homeland defense, and civil support activities."[2]

The Council was authorized and required by the [1] It was officially established by , issued by President Barack Obama on January 11, 2010.[3]


The Council of Governors is composed of 10 members, selected by the President for a term of 2 years from among the governors of the several states and territories of the United States and the Mayor of the District of Columbia.[3][4][5] No more than five members may be from the same political party.[3]

Two members of the Council, of different political parties, are designated by the President to serve as Co-Chairs of the Council.[3]

The work of the Council is coordinated by an Executive Director designated by the Secretary of Defense.[3]


Member Party Tenure begun State FEMA region Notes References
Dannel Malloy Democrat February 4, 2010 Connecticut I Co-Chair [6]
Jay Nixon Democrat February 4, 2010 Missouri VII [6]
Terry Branstad Republican March 9, 2011 Iowa VII Co-Chair [7]
Matt Mead Republican March 9, 2011 Wyoming VIII [7]
Brian Sandoval Republican February 21, 2013 Nevada IX [8]
Bill Haslam Republican 2014 Tennessee IV [9]
Steve Bullock Democratic February 24, 2015 Montana VIII [10]
Mark Dayton Democratic February 24, 2015 Minnesota V [10]
Terry McAuliffe Democratic February 24, 2015 Virginia III [10]
Rick Snyder Republican February 24, 2015 Michigan V [10]

Former members

Member Party Tenure begun Tenure ended State FEMA region Notes References
Jim Douglas Republican February 4, 2010 January 6, 2011 Vermont I Co-Chair [6]
Mike Rounds Republican February 4, 2010 January 8, 2011 South Dakota VIII [6]
Brad Henry Democrat February 4, 2010 January 10, 2011 Oklahoma VI [6]
Luis Fortuño NPP/Republican February 4, 2010 January 2, 2013 Puerto Rico II [6]
Bev Perdue Democrat February 4, 2010 January 5, 2013 North Carolina IV [6]
Christine Gregoire Democrat February 4, 2010 January 16, 2013 Washington X Co-Chair [6]
Neil Abercrombie Democrat March 9, 2011 December 1, 2014 Hawaii IX [7]
Jan Brewer Republican February 4, 2010 January 5, 2015 Arizona IX [6]
Pat Quinn Democrat 2013 January 12, 2015 Illinois V
Martin O'Malley Democrat February 4, 2010 January 21, 2015 Maryland III Co-Chair [6]

Federal officials

Position Member
Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter
Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson
Asst to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Lisa Monaco
Asst to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement Valerie Jarrett
USNORTHCOM Commander Admiral William E. Gortney
Commandant of the United States Coast Guard Admiral Paul F. Zukunft
Chief of the National Guard Bureau framless General Frank J. Grass

Scope of activities

Topics for review by the Council of Governors include synchronization and integration of state and federal military activities and other matters related to state [2][3]


Meetings of the Council are called by the Secretary of Defense or the Co-Chairs.[3]

The inaugural meeting was held on February 23, 2010, in Washington, D.C., at the Pentagon.[11] A second meeting was held July 11, 2010 in Boston, Massachusetts.[12] A third meeting was scheduled for November 2010.[13][14]


  1. ^ a b Pub.L. 110–181
  2. ^ a b c Press Release: Executive Order 13528 – Establishing Council of Governors
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External links

  • FEMA Regions
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