Gov. Ralph Northam speaks with a health care worker.

About Us

Who We Are

The Democratic Governors Association (DGA) is an independent voluntary political organization organized to support Democratic governors and candidates across the nation.

The DGA is proud to support the Democratic governors in 23 states and 3 U.S. territories, as well as the mayor in Washington, D.C.

What We Do

As the only organization dedicated to electing Democratic governors and candidates, the DGA participates at all levels of campaigns, from providing resources to fund operations to helping articulate and deliver their messages.

The DGA also helps governors lead their states. We serve as a clearinghouse of best practices to help governors and their staff share their policy successes and learn from each other.

DGA Leadership

Chair

Michelle Lujan Grisham
Governor of New Mexico

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is the first-ever Democratic Latina governor in United States history.

Since her inauguration in 2019, Gov. Lujan Grisham has enacted sweeping clean energy legislation, spearheaded the state’s first minimum wage hike in a decade, signed common-sense gun safety legislation, hired the most diverse Cabinet in state government history, created the state’s first Early Childhood Education and Care Cabinet-level agency, authorized the first back-to-back raises for state educators in more than a decade and more. In 2020 she has led the state’s aggressive public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic, saving thousands of lives and protecting the health and welfare of New Mexico families, workers and kids.

Gov. Lujan Grisham and her late husband Gregory raised two children in New Mexico. Gov. Lujan Grisham has three grandchildren. She is caretaker for her mother, Sonja.

Vice-Chair

Roy Cooper
Governor of North Carolina

As governor of North Carolina, Roy has fought for good-paying jobs, strong public schools, access to quality, affordable health care, and a safer and more just North Carolina.

From his first day in office, Roy has fought for better teacher pay and funding for North Carolina classrooms. He has pushed the Republican legislature to go much farther than it wanted to go resulting in a 9.5% teacher raise since he took office and an improvement in the national rankings. Under his leadership, North Carolina has expanded pre-kindergarten programs and re-established the Teaching Fellows Program to recruit and support highly qualified teachers in North Carolina.

Roy has fought tirelessly for Medicaid expansion that would extend coverage to half a million people, including families and veterans, without additional state tax dollars. Medicaid expansion would also bring tens of thousands of jobs to North Carolina, reduce the cost of private health insurance and keep rural hospitals from closing their doors.

Roy is a die-hard Carolina Hurricanes and North Carolina Tar Heels fan.

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