Parson one of seven newly appointed by Trump to the Council of Governors

4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago Friday, February 22 2019 Feb 22, 2019 Friday, February 22, 2019 12:26:00 PM CST February 22, 2019 in News
By: Greta Serrin, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

JEFFERSON CITY - Gov. Mike Parson is one of seven newly appointed members to the Council of Governors by President Donald Trump on Thursday.

The council met for the first time Friday.  

The Council of Governors now has ten members. It is a bipartisan panel of U.S. governors that advise the U.S. on matters of national security, homeland security, disaster response and the National Guard.

Gov. Parson said in a statement he appreciates the President for his appointment. 

We look forward to finding solutions to better protect our nation from threats around the globe and to ensure effective response to natural disasters and emergencies at home,” Parson said in a statement. 

“The Council has always been a critically important body, articulating governors’ positions and concerns on key issues such as the structure of the National Guard, coordination and unity of effort in cybersecurity and improving the response to and recovery from catastrophic disasters,” CEO and Executive Director of the National Governors Association Scott D. Pattison said in a press release.

Parson served for six years in the U.S. Army. 

Maj. Gen. Steve Danner, the Adjutant General, said in the statement that he know's Parson will be an outstanding advocate for the Show Me State's Soldiers and Airmen. 

“At home and abroad, Governor Parson knows how critical it is to have a trained and ready National Guard. No National Guard in the nation has a more credible, demonstrated track record for excellence than our Missouri National Guard," Danner said. 

Parson and six other newly appointed governors will join current council members who are from Arkansas, Hawaii and Montana. 

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