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    DGA Chair Shumlin Applauds Governor Dayton for Raising Minnesota’s Minimum Wage

    4.14.2014: Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin, Chair of the Democratic Governors Association, today issued the following statement regarding Governor Mark Dayton signing the bill that raised Minnesota’s minimum wage: “I’d like to congratulate Governor Dayton for his leadership in raising Minnesota’s minimum wage for the first time in nearly a decade.  Before today, Minnesota had one of […]

    RGA Ad Backfire: SC Edition

    4.24.2014: The backfire continues against the RGA’s disgraceful ad against Vincent Sheheen. This time criticism is coming from RGA Chair Chris Christie’s own lawyer, who called the ad a “disgrace.”  Others have called the ad “despicable” and the most “negative” political ad ever. Even South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, in 2010, condemned attacks on defense attorneys, […]

    The backfire continues against the RGA’s disgraceful ad against Vincent Sheheen.

    This time criticism is coming from RGA Chair Chris Christie’s own lawyer, who called the ad a “disgrace.”  Others have called the ad “despicable” and the most “negative” political ad ever.

    Even South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, in 2010, condemned attacks on defense attorneys, saying the justice system “requires the unpopular to have an advocate and every time a defense lawyer fights to make the government do their job, that defense lawyer has made us all safer.”

    Here’s a sample of coverage:

    The Washington Post’s Legal Blog:  “The RGA’s despicable ad in South Carolina”

    The Huffington Post: “Chris Christie Campaign Lawyer Calls Republican Governors Association Attack Ad ‘A Disgrace’”

    Associated Press: “South Carolina Bar fights back against Republican Governors Association ad attacking Vincent Sheheen”

    The State: “Rachel Maddow takes RGA to task for Vincent Sheheen lawyer ad”

    Political Wire: “Most Negative Political Ad Ever?”

    Robert D. Luskin, lawyer for Governor Christie:“‘I did watch the ad and, wow, it’s a disgrace’ […] ‘The people who talk incessantly about American exceptionalism ought to demonstrate some understanding — and some respect — for what makes our system truly admirable: that includes the willingness of lawyers to stand up for their clients no matter how ugly the allegation. But a lawyer is only, ever an advocate; he’s not a co conspirator or an enabler.’”

    The Huffington Post: “New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is a lawyer, and these days, with his administration and reelection campaign facing multiple investigations, he needs a lot of help from lawyers. So it was a bit surprising this week when the Republican Governors Association, which Christie chairs, launched an ad attacking a Democratic gubernatorial candidate because he ‘made money off criminals’ by representing defendants in the justice system.”

    The State: “Maddow and a guest, a former acting U.S. solicitor general, discussed how the U.S. legal system allows the accused to have the best defense and how lawyers are separate from the clients they represent. The ad’s message runs counter to the constitutional right of due process, they added.”

    Associated Press: “An ad attacking Democratic Sen. Vincent Sheheen’s work as a defense attorney has prompted the South Carolina Bar Association to fight back against what it calls an unfair smear of the legal profession that should have no place in the governor’s race.”

    The Washington Post’s Legal Blog:  “Representing unpopular causes or clients is never easy, but it is necessary.  Organized efforts to blunt the careers of those who take on such efforts are shameful.”

     

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    Vermont Governor and DGA Chair Peter Shumlin explains how one teacher helped him defy those who said he would never learn to read.

    TV Ad Attacks Schauer For Bill That GOP Gov Signed 

     

    Yesterday, the Republican Governors Association launched another attack ad against Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer. The spot hit Schauer for a 2002 vote on a bipartisan bill that was signed by the state’s Republican governor and then extended by their own candidate, Governor Rick Snyder. Click HERE for Snyder’s 2011 press release touting the very program at issue.

     

    The results of the Michigan misfire haven’t been pretty. The Snyder campaign has basically pretended that they’ve never heard of the RGA, and the organization’s spokesman “was not available by phone and did not immediately respond to an email” seeking an explanation for their embarrassing hypocrisy.

     

    It’s not the first time the RGA has been caught running absurd ads. In South Carolina, they attacked Vincent Sheheen for having the same position as their Chair Chris Christie and seven other Republican governors on expanded access to health care.

     

    Here’s a sample of the coverage of the RGA’s misfire that has put Rick Snyder in an awful position:

     

    MLive: “The Republican Governors Association released what it called a ‘new attack ad’ on Wednesday, criticizing Michigan Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer for a 2002 state House vote that imposed a new per-bed fee on nursing homes. The only problem?  The ‘Medicaid Quality Assurance Assessment Program’ was backed by Republican Gov. John Engler, won bipartisan support in the state Legislature and was later extended by Gov. Rick Snyder, who Schauer is challenging.”

     

     

    The Macomb Daily: “The Republican Governors Association took aim at Rick Snyder’s Democratic opponent on health care issues, but the result was a need for RGA medical assistance – for shooting themselves in the foot.”

     

    The Detroit News: “With friends like the Republican Governors Association, fellow GOP Gov. Rick Snyder might wonder if he needs a few more enemies. […] The biapartisan legislation was signed into law by GOP Gov. John Engler and was extended by Snyder in a 2011 bill signing.”

     

    Gongwer News Service: “[…] the RGA was actually attacking Mr. Snyder. . . . Mr. Schauer did vote yes on the legislation on May 1, 2002. But so did 91 other members of the Republican-led House […]”

     

    Eclectablog: “They are attacking Mark Schauer over a law he supported 12 years ago and was extended just three years ago by a Republican governor via a bill introduced by a Republican legislator.”

     

    Daily Kos: “Indeed, the original legislation passed with broad bipartisan support, and it was signed into law by another Republican governor, John Engler. So a group devoted to electing Republican governors is attacking a program supported by Republican governors—and one that brings in more money for the state, no less.”

     

     

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    Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin, Chair of the Democratic Governors Association, today issued the following statement regarding Governor Mark Dayton signing the bill that raised Minnesota’s minimum wage:

    “I’d like to congratulate Governor Dayton for his leadership in raising Minnesota’s minimum wage for the first time in nearly a decade.  Before today, Minnesota had one of the lowest minimum wages in the country, but Governor Dayton took decisive action. He understands that no American who works full-time should be forced to live in poverty. He knows that raising the minimum wage gives hard-working families more money to spend and to invest, which increases economic activity and growth.

    “The defining mission of Governor Dayton and all of our Democratic governors is to strengthen the middle class by raising wages and expanding economic opportunity. Unfortunately, Republican governors remain committed to a failed, top-down economic philosophy that showers the wealthiest and corporations with tax breaks and special deals at the expense of the middle class and investments in education. Republicans are on the wrong side of the people of their states when it comes to raising the minimum wage and they will be punished for it in November.”

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    Virginia

    Election Cycle: 2013

    Democrat: Terry McAuliffe

    Republican: Ken Cuccinelli

    What's At Stake:

    Virginia's governors race pits extreme partisan Ken Cuccinelli against Virginia businessman and former Democratic Party Chairman Terry McAuliffe. A McAuliffe governorship would focus on growing jobs in the Commonwealth, while Cuccinelli has indicated that he would push an extreme right-wing agenda if elected.

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    Texas

    Election Cycle: 2014

    Democrat: Wendy Davis

    Republican: Greg Abbott

    What's At Stake:

    Wendy is running for Governor because she loves Texas — not just for how good it is, but for how great it can be. The opportunities that Texas made available to Wendy — quality public education, a strong community college system, college loan and grant programs for deserving students — are what made the difference in her life. She’ll fight every day to ensure that Texas remains a state where hard work and determination are rewarded and everybody has the chance to succeed.

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    New Hampshire

    Election Cycle: 2012

    Democrat: Maggie Hassan

    Republican: Ovide Lamontagne

    What's At Stake:

    Maggie Hassan will work across the aisle to keep taxes low, create jobs, expand access to health care, and balance the budget for Granite State families.

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    Terry McAuliffe

    Terry McAuliffe

    What's At Stake: Virginia's governors race pits extreme partisan Ken Cuccinelli against Virginia businessman and former Democratic Party Chairman Terry McAuliffe. A McAuliffe governorship would focus on growing jobs in the Commonwealth, while Cuccinelli has indicated that he would push an extreme right-wing agenda if elected.

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    Wendy Davis

    Wendy Davis

    What's At Stake: Wendy is running for Governor because she loves Texas — not just for how good it is, but for how great it can be. The opportunities that Texas made available to Wendy — quality public education, a strong community college system, college loan and grant programs for deserving students — are what made the difference in her life. She’ll fight every day to ensure that Texas remains a state where hard work and determination are rewarded and everybody has the chance to succeed.

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    Maggie Hassan

    Maggie Hassan

    What's At Stake: Maggie Hassan will work across the aisle to keep taxes low, create jobs, expand access to health care, and balance the budget for Granite State families.

    In 2004, Maggie was first elected to the New Hampshire Senate, winning one of the most competitive districts in the state.  During her six years in office, she was selected by her colleagues to serve as both President Pro Tempore and Majority Leader of the State Senate. Her focus was on keeping taxes low, job creation, balancing the budget, improving access to high quality and affordable health care, ensuring a quality education for every child, developing regional approaches to meet infrastructure needs, environmental protection and the development of a green economy. Because of her ability to get things done, in 2010 Business NH named Maggie one of the state’s most powerful people.

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    Gov. Lincoln Chafee (RI)
    Governor of Rhode Island.

    Lincoln ‘Linc’ Chafee is a proud Rhode Islander, born and raised in Warwick. He graduated with a degree in Classics from Brown University, where he received the Francis M. Driscoll Award for leadership, scholarship and athletics. After graduating, he worked for seven years as a blacksmith at harness racetracks throughout the United States and Canada. When he returned to Rhode Island, inspired by the path of his father John Chafee, he entered politics.

    SUMMARY

    Date of Birth: March 26, 1953

    Percent of Vote Won: 36.1%

     

    Read the full text of Gov. Chafee’s 2013 State of the State Address.

    Official website: http://www.governor.ri.gov/

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    Governor of Puerto Rico.

    Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla was elected on January 7, 2013.

    Date of Birth: August 3,1971

    Previous Office: Member of the Puerto Rico Senate

    Percent of Vote Won in Previous Election: 47.8%

     

    2013 State of the Commonwealth

    Official website: fortaleza.gobierno.pr/es/

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    Gov. Jay Inslee (WA)
    Governor of Washington State.

    SUMMARY

    Governor Jay Inslee was elected on November 6, 2012.

    Date of Birth: February 9,1951

    Previous Office: Congressman from Washington’s 1st Congressional District

    Percent of Vote Won in Previous Election: 51%

    Read the full text of Gov. Inslee’s 2014 State of the State

    Official website: http://www.governor.wa.gov/ 

    Gov. Maggie Hassan (NH)

    Gov. Maggie Hassan (NH)
    Governor of New Hampshire

    SUMMARY

    Governor Maggie Hassan was elected on November 6, 2012.

    Date of Birth: February 27,1958

    Previous Office: Majority leader of the New Hampshire State Senate

    Percent of Vote Won in Previous Election: 55%

    Read the full text of Gov. Hassan’s 2013 Inaugural Address. 

    Official website: governor.nh.gov

    Gov. Steve Bullock

    Gov. Steve Bullock
    Governor of Montana.

    Governor Steve Bullock was elected on November 6, 2012.

    Date of Birth: April 11,1966

    Previous Office: Attorney General of Montana

    Percent of Vote Won in Previous Election: 48.8%

    Accomplishments:

    • As Attorney General, Bullock introduced the 24/7 Sobriety Program for repeat DUI offenders statewide. This program, aimed at keeping druck drivers off of the road, requires repeat drunk drivers to take breath tests twice a day.

    Read the full text of Gov. Bullock’s 2013 Inaugural Address.

    Official website: governor.mt.gov

    Gov. Togiola Tulafono (American Samoa)

    Gov. Togiola Tulafono (American Samoa)
    Togiola Tulafono was sworn in as Governor on April 7, 2003, after the sudden passing of Governor Tauese Sunia, and was elected as Governor on November 16, 2004.

    Togiola Tulafono was sworn in as Governor on April 7, 2003, after the sudden passing of Governor Tauese Sunia, and was elected as Governor on November 16, 2004. He was sworn in as Governor on January 3, 2005 and re-elected for a second term as Governor on November 4, 2008.

    Date of Birth: Feb. 28, 1947

    Previous Elected Office: Lt. Gov.

    Percent of Vote Won: 56 percent

    Official website: americansamoa.gov/governor

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    Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (WV)
    Gov. Tomblin is a consensus-maker, a bridge-builder, a leader who has brought business and labor, Republicans and Democrats, urban and rural interests together to move West Virginia forward.

    School teacher, businessman, entrepreneur, public servant, Governor; the journey from living upstairs at the family restaurant in Chapmanville, West Virginia, to running state government is an American success story. Born March 15, 1952 to Earl and Freda Tomblin, Earl Ray Tomblin grew up in a hardworking coal town next to the railroad tracks above his parents’ restaurant.

    In his thirty-six years in the legislature, he has chaired the Senate Finance Committee, was elected 18 straight years as President of the Senate, and with the election of Governor Joe Manchin to the US Senate, was appointed acting Governor.

    Earl Ray Tomblin has been married to Joanne Tomblin for 31 years.  They have one son, Brent, who will be attending Marshall University this fall.  Earl Ray is running in the general election on October 4th for the unexpired term for Governor of West Virginia.

    SUMMARY

    Date of Birth: March 15, 1952

    Previous Elected Office: President of West Virginia State Senate

    Percent of Vote Won: 50.5%

    Accomplishments:

    • Earl Ray is credited with saving taxpayers millions by revising the state pension system and privatizing workers’ compensation, stabilizing state finances by establishing West Virginia’s rainy day fund, reforming the state’s medical system, keeping doctors in this state, and fighting to reduce the state’s food tax.
    • As acting Governor, Tomblin cut the food tax (with the goal of completely eliminating it) and vetoed increases in DMV fees that would have cost West Virginians millions.

    Read the full text of Gov. Tomblin’s 2014 State of the State Address.

    Official website: governor.wv.gov


    Gov. Peter Shumlin (VT)

    Gov. Peter Shumlin (VT)
    Gov. Shumlin is currently the chair of the Democratic Governors Association

    SUMMARY

    After representing the Windham Vermont Senate District for eight non-consecutive two-year terms (1993–2003 and 2007–2011), Peter Shumlin was elected Governor in the 2010 election.

    Date of Birth: March 24, 1956

    Previous Office: Senate President Pro Tempore

    Percent of Vote Won in Previous Election: 49.6%

    Accomplishments:

    • Vermont became the first state to lay the groundwork for single-payer health care when Governor Shumlin signed an ambitious bill aimed at establishing universal insurance coverage for all residents.
    • Vermont’s high-speed broadband network has expanded to reach an estimated 282,000 locations since 2010, is poised to connect to another 12,500 in the beginning of 2013, and barring any unforeseen glitches, is on track to serve every household and business in Vermont by the end of 2013.

     

    Read the full text of Gov. Shumlin’s 2014 State of the State Address. 

    Official website: governor.vt.gov

    Gov. Pat Quinn (IL)

    Gov. Pat Quinn (IL)
    Since taking office, Governor Pat Quinn has acted on his priorities for the state of Illinois: reform, responsibility and recovery.

    SUMMARY

    Governor Quinn has taken the lead on government ethics reform through the Illinois Reform Commission. Quinn’s Jump Start Capital Plan has invested $3 billion into sorely needed transportation projects that will create jobs across the state as well as repair and improve Illinois’s infrastructure.

    Date of Birth: December 16, 1948

    Previous Offices Held: Lieutenant Governor

    Percent of Vote Won in Previous Election: 47%

    Accomplishments:

    • Governor Quinn has led the way in state ethics reform, doing many things including launching a panel to root out corruption at the University of Illinois.
    • Governor Quinn signed the $29 billion Jobs Now! bill to bolster Illinois infrastructure and create jobs.

    Read the full text of Gov. Quinn’s 2013 State of the State Address.

    Official website: il.gov/gov

    Gov. Bev Perdue (NC)

    Gov. Bev Perdue (NC)
    Gov. Perdue is the first female governor of the state and previously served as lieutenant governor.

    SUMMARY:

    Beverly “Bev” Perdue is the 73rd governor of North Carolina, elected to her first term in 2008. She is the first female governor of the state and previously served as lieutenant governor. Her service as governor follows a distinguished tenure in public service focused on creating 21st century jobs, fighting for world-class public schools, and improving public health. Governor Perdue is committed to job creation in growth sectors such as defense and clean energy technology, transforming public education, and improving healthcare and lowering health costs.

    Date of Birth: January 14, 1947

    Previous Offices Held: Lieutenant Governor, North Carolina Senate, North Carolina House of Representatives

    Percent of Vote Won in Previous Election: 50.27%

    Accomplishments:

    • Has already expanded health care coverage to thousands of North Carolina’s children with the goal of universal coverage for children
    • Under her leadership, several corporations have expanded in or relocated to North Carolina, creating jobs for North Carolinians during the downturn.

    Official website: www.governor.nc.gov

    Gov. Deval Patrick (MA)

    Gov. Deval Patrick (MA)
    Re-elected to a second term, Gov. Patrick continues to focus on making the right choices during a national recession and in implementing the Recovery Act to create and save good jobs.

    SUMMARY

    Governor Deval Patrick has built his career in non-profits, government and business. Re-elected to a second term, he continues to focus on making the right choices during a national recession and in implementing the Recovery Act to create and save good jobs.

    Date of Birth: July 31, 1956

    Percent of Vote Won in Previous Election: 48%

    Accomplishments:

    • Governor Patrick has been working with funding provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to provide long-term benefits for the people of Massachusetts.
    • Governor Patrick is committed to working with communities across the state, recently announcing, for example, that the state would help fund a transportation project in Salem that will boost economic development.

    Read the full text of Gov. Patrick’s 2013 State of the Commonwealth Address.

    Official website: ma.gov

    Gov. Jay Nixon (MO)

    Gov. Jay Nixon (MO)
    Governor Jay Nixon has put forward an agenda to make government more efficient, effective and responsive to the needs of Missouri families.

    SUMMARY

    Governor Jay Nixon has put forward an agenda to make government more efficient, effective and responsive to the needs of Missouri families. He is committed to attracting the jobs of the future to Missouri, making health care more affordable and putting Missouri families first.

    Date of Birth: February 13, 1956

    Previous Offices Held: Attorney General

    Percent of Vote Won in Previous Election: 58%

    Accomplishments:

    • Under Governor Nixon, elementary and secondary schools in Missouri have achieved funding in record amounts.
    • Enacted competitive bidding for each license fee office to strike against corruption

    Read the full text of Gov. Nixon’s 2013 State of the State Address.

    Official website: governor.mo.gov

    Gov. Jack Markell (DE)

    Gov. Jack Markell (DE)
    In the first year of his freshman gubernatorial term, Gov. Jack Markell has balanced the budget without laying off employees, boosted educational initiatives and increased environmental protections.

    In Nov. 2012, Incumbent Governor Jack Markell won re-election to a second term. Gov. Markell also served as Treasurer of Delaware from 1999 to 2009 and was the Chair of the Democratic Governors Association for 2010.

    SUMMARY

    Date of Birth: Nov. 26, 1960

    Previous Elected Office: Treasurer

    Percent of Vote Won: 69.1%

    Accomplishments:

    • Created programs to incentivize small business development
    • Balanced Delaware’s budget despite an $800 million deficit
    • Signed energy legislation that would reduce Delaware’s energy consumption 15 percent by 2015
    • Enacted major educational reform, including abolishing the controversial Delaware Student Testing Program

    Read the full text of Gov. Markell’s 2013 State of the State Address.

    Official website: governor.delaware.gov

    Gov. Dan Malloy (CT)

    Gov. Dan Malloy (CT)
    Gov. Dan Malloy is working to create jobs and build a stronger Connecticut.

    SUMMARY

    Governor Dan Malloy was elected on November 2, 2010.

    Date of Birth: July 21,1955

    Previous Office: Mayor of Stamford

    Percent of Vote Won in Previous Election: 49.5%

    Accomplishments:

    • Reduced crime in Stamford, Connecticut, making it the 9th safest city in the country

    Read the full text of Gov. Malloy’s 2013 State of the Address.

    Official website: ct.gov/malloy

    Gov. John Lynch (NH)

    Gov. John Lynch (NH)
    Re-elected to a fourth two-year term, Governor John Lynch knows how to get the economy moving again.

    SUMMARY

    Re-elected to a fourth two-year term, Governor John Lynch knows how to get the economy moving again. He has used his time in office to expand education opportunities, build the economy with tax credits for research and development, reform the state retirement system and improve access to health care.

    Date of Birth: November 25, 1952

    Previous Offices Held: Chairman of the University System of New Hampshire Board of Trustees

    Percent of Vote Won in Previous Election: 52%

    Accomplishments:

    • Gave assistance to small businesses with health care costs
    • Presided over New Hampshire when it was awarded the “Safest State” award in 2008 and 2009

    Read the full text of Gov. Lynch’s 2011 Inaugural Address.

    Official website: governor.nh.gov

    Gov. John Kitzhaber (OR)

    Gov. John Kitzhaber (OR)
    Governor Kitzhaber is working to improve access to cost-effective health care, advocating for significant health care reform. Concerned about the impact of the fiscal crisis on Oregonians, and seeing the opportunity through that crisis to create true systemic change, he decided to run for Governor again in 2010. He is currently serving his third term as Oregon's Governor.

    SUMMARY

    In 1994, and again in 1998, John Kitzhaber was elected as Governor of Oregon. As Governor, he presided over eight years of significant economic growth, and was proud to have pioneering the Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds, a collaborative effort that brought together government and private landowners to protect clean water and native salmon runs. During that time, he launched the Oregon Business Plan, a bipartisan strategic framework developed collaboratively among business leaders, community leaders and elected officials. Until this time, Oregon had lacked a comprehensive plan to create jobs and grow its economy.

    Date of Birth: March 5, 1947

    Previous Offices Held: President of the Oregon Senate

    Percent of Vote Won in Previous Election: 49.3%

    Accomplishments:

    • Under the Governor’s leadership, Oregon went from a $3.5 billion budget deficit in January 2011 to a balanced budget today and improved the state credit rating from AA to AA+.
    • from 2010-2012, Oregon’s unemployment rate dropped more that two points and nearly 40,000 jobs were created while having the second fastest growing economy in the nation.

    Read the full text of Gov. Kitzhaber’s 2013 State of the State Address.

    Official website: governor.oregon.gov

    Gov. John Hickenlooper (CO)

    Gov. John Hickenlooper (CO)
    Gov. Hickenlooper is a former geologist, brewer-turned-mayor and now governor.

    SUMMARY

    A geologist-turned brewpub pioneer who had never run for political office (not even student council) before running for Denver Mayor in 2003, John Hickenlooper was elected Governor of Colorado on Nov. 2, 2010. He took office on Jan. 11, 2011.

    Date of Birth: Feb. 7, 1952

    Previous Offices Held: Mayor of Denver

    Percent of Vote Won in Previous Election: 51.0%

    Accomplishments:

    • From 2010-2012 Colorado added more than 80,000 new nonfarm payroll jobs. Colorado is the nation’s third most economically competitive state, according to the Beacon Hill Institute.
    • Funded the Colorado Energy Office. This office will promote energy efficiency, support renewable energy and will lead efforts to create a national market for compressed natural gas vehicles.

    Read the full text of Gov. Hickenlooper’s 2014 State of the State Address. 

    Official website: co.gov/governor

    Gov. Chris Gregoire (WA)

    Gov. Chris Gregoire (WA)
    Gov. Gregoire is committed to promoting and expanding business and creating family-wage jobs in the state of Washington.

    SUMMARY

    Christine “Chris” Gregoire is the 22nd governor of the state of Washington. Gregoire is Washington’s second female governor and became the first female governor of Washington to win re-election. She is committed to promoting and expanding business and creating family-wage jobs in the state of Washington. Her top priorities include community safety, economic security, healthy families, and education.

    Date of Birth: March 24, 1947

    Previous Offices Held: Attorney General

    Percent of Vote Won in Previous Election: 53.2%

    Accomplishments:

    • Signed into law a bill giving domestic partnership rights to same-sex couples
    • Under Governor Gregoire’s leadership, tens of thousands of children now have healthcare coverage.

    Read the full text of Gov. Gregoire’s 2011 State of the State Address.

    Official website: governor.wa.gov

    Gov. John de Jongh (U.S. Virgin Islands)

    Gov. John de Jongh (U.S. Virgin Islands)
    John Percy de Jongh, Jr. has served as Governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands since January 1, 2007.

    SUMMARY

    John Percy de Jongh, Jr. has served as Governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands since January 1, 2007. During his tenure, he has championed early childhood education issues and established the Children and Families Council, and pushed for economic diversification of the four islands that comprise the US Virgin Islands.

    Date of Birth: Nov. 13, 1957

    Percent of Vote Won: 56%

    Accomplishments:

    • Negotiated an historic agreement to expand the Virgin Islands rum industry and diversify the territorial economy.
    • Instituted a Government-wide Energy Demand Reduction Program to reduce the Territory’s dependency on fossil fuels and has advanced the use of alternative and renewable energy sources in the Territory

    Read the full text of Gov. de Jongh’s 2013 State of the Territory Address. 

    Official website: governordejongh.com

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    Gov. Mark Dayton (MN)

    Gov. Mark Dayton (MN)
    Governor Mark Dayton believes that Minnesotans deserve a state government that works for them.

    Governor Mark Dayton was elected on November 2, 2010.

    Date of Birth: January 26, 1947

    Previous Office: US Senator

    Percent of Vote Won in Previous Election: 43.6%

    Read the full text of Gov. Dayton’s 2013 State of the State Address.

    Official website: mn.gov/governor

    Gov. Andrew Cuomo (NY)

    Gov. Andrew Cuomo (NY)
    Throughout his life, Andrew Cuomo has been a forceful voice for change in New York.

    SUMMARY

    Andrew M. Cuomo, elected the 56th Governor of New York State on November 2, 2010.

    Date of Birth: Dec. 6,1957

    Previous Office: Attorney General of New York, United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

    Percent of Vote Won in Previous Election: 62%

    Accomplishments:

    • As HUD Secretary, Cuomo made fighting racial discrimination a key focus and brought 2,000 anti-discrimination cases all across the country.
    • In addition, Cuomo established Housing Enterprise for Less Privileged (HELP) in 1986, which became the nation’s largest private provider of transitional housing for the homeless. Based on his pioneering work through HELP, Cuomo was appointed by New York City Mayor David Dinkins in 1991 to lead the New York City Commission on the Homeless.
    • As Attorney General, Andrew Cuomo brought national reform to the student loan industry, uncovered fraud within the largest health insurers in the country, protected investors from abuses on Wall Street, and made the Internet safer for children nationwide. His groundbreaking investigations into the state pension system ended decades of government corruption in New York and set a model for public pension funds across the country.

     

    Official website: governor.ny.gov

    Read the full text of Gov. Cuomo’s 2014 State of the State Address.

    Gov. Jerry Brown (CA)

    Gov. Jerry Brown (CA)
    A former two-term Governor of California from 1974-1980, Governor Jerry Brown was re-elected to a third, non-consecutive term in November of 2010. Governor Brown plans to bring fiscal responsibility back to California.

    SUMMARY

    A former two-term Governor of California from 1974-1980, Governor Jerry Brown was re-elected to a third, non-consecutive term in November of 2010.  Governor Brown plans to bring fiscal responsibility back to California.

    Date of Birth: April 7, 1938

    Previous Office: Governor, Mayor of Oakland, Attorney General, Governor of California

    Percent of Vote Won in Previous Election: 53%

    Accomplishments:

    • Exercised fiscal restraint that resulted in a roughly $5 billion budget surplus, one of the biggest in California’s history
    • Sponsored the “first-ever tax incentive for rooftop solar” and many other environmental initiatives in the late 1970s

    Read the full text of Gov. Brown’s 2013 Inaugural Address.

    Official website: gov.ca.gov

    Gov. Steve Beshear (KY)

    Gov. Steve Beshear (KY)
    Since taking office, Governor Steve Beshear has restored the public's trust in state government and has brought integrity to the Governor's mansion.

    SUMMARY

    Since taking office, Governor Steve Beshear has restored the public’s trust in state government and has brought integrity to the Governor’s mansion.

    Date of Birth: September 21, 1944

    Previous Office: Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky, 1984 – 1988

    Percent of Vote Won in Previous Election: 59%

    Accomplishments:

    • Established strong ethics standards and rooted out cronyism
    • Expanded health care coverage to 35,000 previously uninsured children

    Read the full text of Gov. Beshear’s 2014 State of the Commonwealth Address.

    Official website: governor.ky.gov

    Gov. Mike Beebe (AR)

    Gov. Mike Beebe (AR)
    Governor Mike Beebe was elected in 2006 and re-elected in 2010. An Arkansas native, Governor Beebe has created thousands of jobs, strengthening the economy and reformed schools.

    SUMMARY

    Governor Mike Beebe was elected in 2006 and re-elected in 2010.  An Arkansas native, Governor Beebe has created thousands of jobs, strengthening the economy and reformed schools. He fights to ensure government works for all Arkansans, from an increased focus on economic development to tax relief for businesses and for Arkansas families.

    Date of Birth: December 28, 1946

    Previous Office: Attorney General of Arkansas, 2003 – 2007

    Percent of Vote Won in Previous Election: 64%

    Accomplishments:  

    • Secured the largest tax cut in Arkansas history
    • Record investments in the state’s Public Education system including Higher Education

    Read the full text of Gov. Beebe’s 2013 State of the State Address.

    Official website: governor.ar.gov

    Gov. Neil Abercrombie (HI)

    Gov. Neil Abercrombie (HI)
    Neil Abercrombie’s life and career reveal a boundless commitment to serve others with integrity, honesty, and humility. Year after year, Neil has proven that he is a leader we can trust to put people first.

    SUMMARY

    Neil Abercrombie’s life and career reveal a boundless commitment to serve others with integrity, honesty, and humility. Year after year, Neil has proven that he is a leader we can trust to put people first. He calls his run for Governor “the culmination of a lifetime of public service.” This is the last public office he will seek.

    Date of Birth: June 26, 1938

    Previous Offices Held: Member of the US House of Representatives

    Percent of Vote Won in Previous Election: 57.8%

    Accomplishments:

    • In February 2013, Gov. Abercrombie announce a state-wide campaign against childhood/teen obesity. The state’s media campaign is integral to a comprehensive effort to reduce obesity and the chronic disease in Hawaii. Ads will be funded with Tobacco Settlement funds.
    • Governor Abercrombie proposed the creation of the “HI Growth Initiative,” a new state investment program focused on building a vibrant environment for innovation that supports entrepreneurial high-growth businesses and creates high-wage jobs. The program will engage with the private sector to startup and grow creative and innovative companies.

    Read the full text of Gov. Abercrombie’s 2013 State of the State Address.

    Official website: hi.gov/gov

    Gov. Martin O’Malley (MD)

    Gov. Martin O’Malley (MD)
    Re-elected to a second term, Governor Martin O’Malley continues to be an advocate for education, the environment, and the middle class.

    SUMMARY
    Re-elected to a second term, Governor Martin O’Malley continues to be an advocate for education, the environment, and the middle class. As the Mayor of Baltimore City, O’Malley was known for bipartisan cooperation and improving safety. As Governor, O’Malley’s administration has been credited with “accomplishing more in one year than most administrations accomplish in four.” Governor O’Malley was previously the Chair of the Democratic Governors Association.

    Date of Birth: January 18, 1963

    Previous Offices Held: Baltimore City Council, Mayor of Baltimore

    Percent of Vote Won in Previous Election: 56%

    Accomplishments:

    • Governor O’Malley has led the way in utilizing technology to advance transparency and improve government efficiency, applying the CitiState program that he used successfully as Mayor of Baltimore to the state of Maryland.
    • Worked with the legislature to eliminate a $1.7 billion projected deficit a year in advance.

    Read the full text of Gov. O’Malley’s 2013 State of the State Address.

    Official website: governor.md.gov

    Gov. Brian Schweitzer (MT)

    Gov. Brian Schweitzer (MT)
    Governor Brian Schweitzer was elected governor in 2004 and re-elected in 2008. He served as Chair of the Democratic Governors Association in 2008.

    SUMMARY

    Governor Brian Schweitzer was elected governor in 2004 and re-elected in 2008.  He served as Chair of the Democratic Governors Association in 2008. Montana voters re-elected Governor Schweitzer in 2008, when he defeated State Senator Roy Brown by 33 percent even while Republican Sen. John McCain carried Montana by 2 points in the same election.

    Date of Birth: September 4, 1955

    Percent of Vote Won in Previous Election: 65.4%

    Accomplishments:

    • Creating more jobs at higher wages than anytime in history
    • Cutting more taxes for more Montanans than any other time in the state’s history, including a $400 rebate to Montana homeowners
    • Increasing Montana’s electrical generation capacity more during his administration than the previous 16 years combined. The state is one of only two states in the country to have increased oil production, raising it by 50 percent
    • Investing more in both K-12 and higher education than any previous administration – while also capping tuition at our state’s colleges and universities, the first such effort in a generation
    • Increasing the number of children on the Children’s Health Insurance Program by more than 3,000. The program now provides quality healthcare to more than 16,000 kids and gives them a healthy start in life
    • Upgrading Montana’s bond rating for the first time in 26 years with Moody’s, Fitch and Standard and Poor’s Investment Services – a sign of sound fiscal management in state government

    Official website: governor.mt.gov

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