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Biden appoints Whitmer to Council of Governors

By: - July 8, 2021 3:39 pm

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer | Whitmer office photo

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has been appointed by President Joe Biden to serve on the 10-member Council of Governors, the White House announced Thursday.

Whitmer joins Democratic Govs. Tim Walz (Minn.), John Carney (Del.), John Bel Edwards (La.) and Kate Brown (Ore.), and Republican Govs. Mike DeWine (Ohio), Spencer Cox (Utah), Phil Scott (Vt.) and Mark Gordon (Wyo.) as Biden’s new picks for the group. Republican Gov. Bill Lee (Tenn.) is already serving on the council and his term expires in 2022.

The bipartisan group acts as a leading partnership between state governments and the federal government to address matters of homeland security, civil support, military activities including the National Guard, disaster response and other issues.

Whitmer will serve a two-year term.

“I am honored that President Biden appointed me to the Council of Governors,” Whitmer said in a statement. “Since I took office in 2018, I have guided Michigan through multiple disaster response efforts, including extreme polar weather and energy shortages, a 500-year flood, and the COVID-19 pandemic. I welcome the opportunity to work across the aisle to put our nation’s security first and make a difference in the lives of Americans.”

The council was formally established in 2010 and is composed of 10 governors, all appointed by the president, with five members from each party. Two governors serve as co-chairs, which in the current iteration of the council are Walz and DeWine.

Other federal participants in the council include the Secretaries of Defense and Homeland Security, the president’s Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Advisor, the Commander of U.S. Northern Command, the Chief of the National Guard Bureau, the Commandant of the Coast Guard, the administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and others.

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Laina G. Stebbins
Laina G. Stebbins

Laina G. Stebbins covers the environment, Native issues and criminal justice for the Advance. A lifelong Michigander, she is a graduate of Michigan State University’s School of Journalism, where she served as Founding Editor of The Tab Michigan State and as a reporter for the Capital News Service. When Laina is not writing or spending time with her cats, she loves art and design, listening to music, playing piano, enjoying good food and being out in nature (especially Up North).