SALT LAKE CITY – Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has been selected by fellow governors to serve as vice chair of the National Governors Association at a meeting that wrapped up Sunday in Nashville, Tennessee.
Herbert stated in a press release that the development is beneficial to the state.
“A leadership position in the NGA gives us greater influence as I work with governors to enhance the role of states in the wide range of policies that impact our nation,” Herbert stated in the release. “This is also a tremendous opportunity for Utah to share on a more prominent stage the success we have enjoyed in our state.”
Herbert will serve as the vice chair for the group’s next meeting, scheduled to be held in summer of 2015, and according to the release: “At that time, he will become chair of the organization through the summer of 2016. Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, will serve as chair for the next year.”
The vice chair serves as chair of the NGA Center for Best Practices and is often appointed in a leadership or oversight capacity on state-oriented initiatives. The release stated the position of chair rotates annually between the two major political parties, and the chair and vice chair are always from different parties.
The press release provided additional details regarding the NGA and its purpose, which is available below. Click here to visit their website.
“Founded in 1908, the NGA is the collective voice of the nation’s governors and one of Washington, D.C.’s most respected public policy organizations. Its members are the governors of the 55 states, territories and commonwealths. NGA provides governors and their senior staff members with services that range from representing states on Capitol Hill and before the Administration on key federal issues to developing and implementing innovative solutions to public policy challenges through the NGA Center for Best Practices.”