Tuesday, May 2, 2017
OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin today announced that President Donald J. Trump has appointed her as co-chair of the Council of Governors. Fallin joins nine other governors in serving on this bipartisan national council that focuses on effective collaborative efforts between the federal and state governments on issues related to the National Guard, homeland security, and disaster response.
“It is an honor to have been named co-chair of the Council of Governors by President Trump,” said Fallin. “As a previous chair of the National Governors Association, I look forward to continuing my excellent working relationships with the other governors to provide suggestions and solutions on national security matters. I know, as a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives Armed Services Committee, that finding effective answers to homeland security efforts in our states is critical.”
Fallin will partner with Maj. Gen. Robbie Asher, Oklahoma’s adjutant general, for any work related to the Council of Governors. “Enhancing the security of our nation is an issue that impacts all of us, and with Oklahoma’s National Guard mobilizing and deploying more soldiers per capita than any state in the nation since 9-11, it is especially important to Oklahoma,” said Fallin.
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 Jan. 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. It consists of 10 governors appointed by the president – five from each party – with two governors serving as co-chairs. 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.