The news was announced this morning, and our partners at The News Tribune have this report on the announcement by the National Governors Association after a vote by its executive board. Gregoire, who sits on that board, is to serve as chairwoman until July 2011, finishing the term of West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin, a Democrat elected to the U.S. Senate.
Here is the NGA announcement.
Gregoire put out this statement:
“I am honored that my peers have asked me to serve as chair of the National Governors Association. I look forward to continuing to work with such a diverse and talented group of governors from around the country. I also look forward to welcoming many of the newly elected governors. “Governors have an important role as we work to strengthen our states’ economies by creating jobs and promoting opportunities for economic development. We will also be focusing on education, health care reform, public safety and homeland security issues over the coming year.“The current economy makes this a very challenging time to govern. States are still faced with a historic fiscal crisis, and difficult choices must be made. Together, we will develop solutions that improve state government and strengthen the state-federal partnership.“In addition to the duties of the chair, I will be leading the ‘Complete to Compete’ initiative we launched last year, which aims to increase the number of U.S. students who complete college degrees and postsecondary certificates. This new role offers a strong platform for developing a stronger, better education system for all students.“I’m proud that Mike will work with the spouses of governors and continue his lifelong commitment to veterans affairs, particularly on mental health issues and in providing our veterans with the support they deserve.”