Gov. Brian Sandoval has been named Vice-Chairman of the Western Governors’ Association (WGA).
The Republican governor was elected by his peers during the organization’s annual meeting held over the weekend in Park City, Utah.
“From natural resources to human resources, western states face unique challenges and the WGA provides a forum for Governors to listen and learn from one another,” Sandoval said at the meeting. “I am looking forward to expanding the ongoing discussions at WGA and I thank the WGA for this opportunity.”
Sandoval also took to Twitter to express gratitude for the bestowment of this title.
I am honored to have been chosen for the Vice-Chairmanship of the Western Governor’s Association & thank @westgov for this opportunity. -BES
— Brian Sandoval (@BrianSandoval) July 1, 2013
The association is made up of governors from nineteen western states among other U.S. territories. Established in 1984, the duties of the WGA are to: address important policy and governance issues in the West, advance the role of the Western states in the federal system, and strengthen the social and economic fabric of the region.
WGA develops policy and carries out programs in the areas of natural resources, the environment, human services, economic development, international relations and state governance. The association also acts as a center of innovation and promotes shared development of solutions to regional problems.