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President Biden taps Minnesota Gov. Walz to lead US Council of Governors

Walz will join Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine as co-chair of the bipartisan group charged with advising on homeland security and civil support issues.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, along with Secretary of State Steve Simon and First Lady Gwen Walz, host a news conference outside the State Office Building in St. Paul as the Legislature wraps up budget negotiations. Sarah Mearhoff / Forum News Service
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ST. PAUL — President Joe Biden on Thursday, July 8, appointed Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz to co-chair the U.S. Council of Governors, a bipartisan group of 10 governors tasked with advising top defense officials on homeland security, defense and civil support matters, including those involving the National Guard.

Walz in a news release said he would lead the group alongside Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, a Republican. And the governor said he was honored to accept the appointment.

“This has been an historic year. In addition to their federal mission, the National Guard was critical in responding to civil unrest and helping our nation fight COVID-19," Walz said. "I look forward to continuing to work with other governors and our federal partners to support the National Guard and advise on matters related to homeland defense and civil support.”

Walz, a Democrat, served almost 25 years in the Army National Guard and achieved the rank of command sergeant major. He also earned the title of the highest-ranking enlisted service member to serve in Congress.

DeWine and Walz will join Delaware Gov. John Carney, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, Utah Gov. Spencer Cox, Vermont Gov. Phil Scott and Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon on the council.


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Dana Ferguson is a Minnesota Capitol Correspondent for Forum News Service. Ferguson has covered state government and political stories since she joined the news service in 2018, reporting on the state's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the divided Statehouse and the 2020 election.
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