Bullock re-appointed to Council of Governors

Gov. Steve Bullock was re-appointed Feb. 21 by President Trump to the Council of Governors for a two-year term, according to White House release.

Gov. David Ige of Hawaii and Gov. Asa Hutchison of Arkansas were appointed as the designated co-chairs.

Other appointees include:

  • Gov. Douglas A. Ducey of Arizona
  • Gov. Mike DeWine of Ohio
  • Gov. Edward Miner Lamont, Jr., of Connecticut
  • Gov. J.B. Prizker of Illinois
  • Gov. Michael Lynn Parson of Missouri
  • Gov. Pete Ricketts of Nebraska
  • Gov. Tim Walz of Minnesota

Bullock has been a member of the council since 2015 and is now the longest serving member on the council, according to Bullock’s office.

The Council of Governors was created by the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 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, according to the National Governors Association.

“It is an incredible honor to continue my role in making sure military leaders in Washington give support to our citizen soldiers serving Montana and our nation,” Bullock said in a Friday morning release. “We expect a great deal of the men and women in our National Guard and their families, and it’s our responsibility as governors to insist on decisions in their best interests that honor the sacrifices made to ensure our nation is secure. Through this opportunity, I am committed to fulfilling our American promises to those who serve.”

The Council has been a driving force on important matters for the National Guard, from organizational and operational decisions, to cybersecurity, to disaster response and recovery. As the Commander in Chief of the Montana National Guard, Governor Bullock represents the interests of Montana National Guard members and their families on the Council.

“For the last four years Gov. Bullock has been a vocal advocate, along with his fellow council members, of the National Guard and our ability to respond to state disasters and federal missions,” Maj. Gen. Matthew Quinn, Adjutant General of Montana, said in a release. “His leadership and his championing of the needs of our guardsmen and women is crucial to our continued success and to the future of the National Guard across the United States.”

The Council consists of 10 governors appointed by the President – five from each party – with two governors serving as co-chairs. The Executive Order specifically names a number of federal participants in the Council, including the Secretaries of Defense and Homeland Security, the President’s Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Advisor, the Commander of U.S. Northern Command and the Chief of the National Guard Bureau, among others.

“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,” according to NGA.