Gov. Branstad to Chair Health and Human Services Committee for National Governors Association

August 09, 2011

Gov. Terry Branstad today was named Chair of the National Governors Association’s (NGA) Health and Human Services Committee by NGA Chair Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman and NGA Vice Chair Delaware Gov. Jack Markell.

The Health and Human Services Committee handles issues dealing with health care, particularly as they relate to Medicaid, and federal-state safety net programs such as TANF, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance and other social services. Members of the committee ensure that the governors’ views are represented in the shaping of federal policy.

“I am honored to serve as Chair of the NGA Health and Human Services Committee,” said Gov. Branstad. “As governors, we are uniquely positioned to influence federal legislation and regulations that affect national and state health care policies.  I would like to thank Governor Walker and Governor Kitzhaber for their previous leadership of this committee.”

With Gov. Branstad serving as Chair of the committee, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn will serve as vice chair. Other members include: Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton, New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez, Oregon Governor John A. Kitzhaber, M.D., Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.

“Gov. Branstad will be an outstanding Chair of the Health and Human Services committee because of his background and experience,” said Gov. Heineman. “I look forward to continuing to work with Gov. Branstad both as the Governor of our neighboring state and in his new leadership role with the NGA.”

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 50 states, three territories and two 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, go to