DES MOINES – President Barack Obama today reappointed Gov. Terry E. Branstad co-chair of the ten-governor Council of Governors. Branstad was first named to the Council as co-chair by President Obama in March 2011 and then reappointed in February 2013.
“It has been an honor to serve as co-chairman of the Council of Governors,” said Branstad. “I want to thank President Obama for having the confidence in me to continue serving on the Council to find effective and efficient solutions to enhance the preparedness and security of our great country. In addition, I want to thank my fellow governors and Major General Tim Orr, the Adjutant General of the Iowa National Guard, and his fellow Adjutants General, who have been integral in their support to help drive collaboration between the Federal government and the states.”
Today’s meeting at Camp Dodge in Johnston, Iowa is historic in nature as this is the first Council of Governors meeting held on a state military installation. Camp Dodge serves as the headquarters of the Iowa National Guard and is a regional training base in the Midwest for National Guard, Reserve, and Active Duty forces. Governors were joined by senior federal leaders, including Eric Fanning, Secretary of the Army, General Frank Grass, Chief of the National Guard Bureau, General Lori Robinson, Commander of U.S. Northern Command, Michael Daniel, Special Assistant to President and Cybersecurity Coordinator, and Craig Fugate, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The Council of Governors was established by the National Defense Authorization Act in 2008 to strengthen further partnership between the Federal and State governments as it pertains to national security. The council is balanced by political party and serves the nation as a whole. The governors serve two-year terms and are appointed by the President. The President designates two members of different political affiliations to serve as co-chairs of the Council.
The Council is considered a premier opportunity for governors to serve at a national level.