Biden Relaunches Board of Governors with Biparty Group – WHIO TV 7 and WHIO Radio
WASHINGTON – (AP) – President Joe Biden will relaunch the Board of Governors, an Advisory Board of Governors and a number of key Cabinet secretaries and senior administration officials on Thursday with a focus on strengthening federal and state collaboration on major national security issues.
According to details shared first with The Associated Press, Biden appoints a bipartisan group of nine governors to the board, including seven new governors, and appoints two current board members, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, a Republican, and Minnesota Governor Tim Walz, Democrat, as group co-chairs.
The seven new governors are Home State Governor Biden, Delaware Governor John Carney, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, and Oregon Governor Kate Brown, all Democrats, as well as Utah Gov. Spencer Cox, Vermont Gov. Phil Scott, and Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon, all Republicans. They will join Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee on the board; his term expires next year.
The council was first established by President Barack Obama in 2010 by executive order and includes the Secretary of Defense, Secretary of Homeland Security, and heads of the Coast Guard and National Guard, among others. It aims to foster cooperation between governors and the federal government on issues such as extreme weather conditions, cyber attacks, domestic and international terrorism, and public health and safety. Governors serve on the board for a two-year term.
Homeland Security Advisor Liz Sherwood-Randall said Biden had made it clear from the start of his presidency that “he expects us to work proactively with our national and local partners to effectively address challenges. complex internal security challenges we face today and prepare for them to come our way.
“We strive to do all we can in conjunction with the nation’s governors to protect and support our communities. This Council will play an important role in promoting this close collaboration in the future, ”she said in a statement.
The White House said the choices are meant to reflect not only a commitment to bipartisanship, but also a wide range of regions and states.
A number of Democrats have long and close relationships with the president. As a candidate, Biden interviewed Whitmer as a potential vice-presidential pick. Carney is one of Biden’s political mentees in Delaware and is married to one of Biden’s longtime Senate aides. Brown’s former chief of staff is the chief of staff in the White House Office of Cabinet Affairs.
And in a time of deep political division in America, when a number of the country’s most prominent GOP governors initially refused to acknowledge Biden’s presidential victory, Biden chose a handful of more moderate Republican governors to join the council. .
DeWine was one of the first high-profile Republicans to recognize Biden’s victory, and Scott said he voted for Biden in the 2020 campaign. DeWine joined Cox and Walz at a public event where the president praised state government responses to the coronavirus pandemic earlier this year, and Cox and Gordon both joined the president in a virtual meeting last month focused on the severe wildfires that have erupted in the Western states this year.
Julie Rodriguez, director of the White House’s Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, said governors were “on the front lines of the most critical issues facing our country.”
“Their insight, expertise and ability to mobilize resources when needed are essential to our administration’s efforts to keep our homeland safe,” she said.
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