Providence, RI - Governor Lincoln D. Chafee was named to the National Governors Association (NGA) Education and Workforce Committee by NGA Chair Delaware Gov. Jack Markell and NGA Vice Chair Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin.
The Education and Workforce Committee has jurisdiction over issues in the areas of workforce development, education, including early childhood, elementary and secondary education, and higher education. Members of the committee ensure that the governors' views are represented in the shaping of federal policy.
"I am very pleased to serve on the NGA Education and Workforce Committee," Governor Chafee said. "Education and workforce development remain critical issues for all states, particularly here in Rhode Island. I look forward to securing greater flexibility for Rhode Island and all states on federal education and workforce policies by serving on this Committee with my fellow governors."
Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy will serve as chair of the committee, and Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad will serve as vice chair. Other members include: Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, Guam Gov. Eddie Calvo, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman, North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell.
Founded in 1908, 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. For more information, visit www.nga.org.