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Gov. Tim Walz’s Election as DGA Chair Celebrated by Democratic Governors and Leaders

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Gov. Tim Walz’s Election as DGA Chair Celebrated by Democratic Governors and Leaders

Over the weekend, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz was elected by his fellow Democratic governors to serve as the new Chair of the Democratic Governors Association.

Democratic governors and leaders across the country praised Gov. Walz for taking on this new leadership role. See below for media coverage of the announcement and key quotes on Gov. Walz following his election as DGA chair:

  • POLITICO: ‘Time to Be Bold’: Advice for Democrats from a Quietly Powerful Governor“Be bold. A one-vote majority is a majority. But here’s the thing: We pass things that are popular. They want to make the case — okay, go ahead and try, turn back reproductive rights, go ahead and try. Turn back paid family medical leave, go ahead and try. Turn back some of these initiatives we made around climate. These things are popular. This is the time to be bold.”
  • Star Tribune: Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz picked to lead the Democratic Governors Association“‘They were incredibly helpful to me in 2022. I want to pay back and do some of the things to help that they did to help me,’ said Walz, who added that he’ll also tout Minnesota’s productive 2023 legislative session as a model for what other states can do if they elect Democrats.”
  • The Messenger: Minnesota’s ‘Powerful’ Tim Walz to Lead Democratic Governors Association“‘I look forward to taking that record of winning and delivering to this role, and building on the DGA’s record of success as we have an exciting map of 11 governor’s races next year,’ Walz said after he was chosen.”
  • Washington Examiner: Gov. Tim Walz outlines four states that are a ‘priority’ in 2024 governorship races“Walz said he thinks Washington state, North Carolina, Delaware, and New Hampshire are the most important governor races to focus on heading into next year’s election cycle. Democrats are entering 2024 with some momentum after an overall successful 2023 election season, particularly Gov. Andy Beshear’s (D-KY) defeat of now-former Republican Attorney General Daniel Cameron.”
  • MPR News: Walz gets chance to boost national exposure as new chair of Democratic Governors Association“Walz said his goal will be to elect Democratic governors in states that don’t always vote blue. That includes places like North Carolina, Missouri and Indiana in 2024.”
  • KTSP: Gov. Walz voted chair of the Democratic Governors Association“‘In Minnesota, we’ve shown the country that when Democratic governors win, we deliver real results that directly benefit working families — like establishing free school meals, expanding paid leave, and standing up to protect reproductive rights and our democracy,’ he continued in a thread on X, formerly known as Twitter.”
  • KARE 11: Walz named chairman of Democratic Governors Association“‘I look forward to taking that record of winning and delivering to this role, and building on the DGA’s record of success as we have an exciting map of eleven governor’s races next year,’ said Walz in a statement.”
  • 2022 DGA Chair and New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy: “It’s been one of the greatest honors of my career to serve as Chair of Dem Govs both this year and in 2020. And now, I couldn’t be more proud to pass the torch to the new Chair of the DGA — my friend, Gov. Tim Walz.”
  • Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker: “Congratulations to my friend Tim Walz on being elected as the new Chair of the Democratic Governors Association for 2024! Looking forward to continuing to work with you to elect and protect Democratic Govs across the nation.”
  • Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer: “A heartfelt congratulations to my friend Tim Walz on his election as the newest chair of Dem Govs. We’re lucky to have a Midwest governor and dedicated public servant at the helm!”
  • Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear: “In a statement, Beshear said Walz was there for him through a ‘especially tough reelection campaign’ and has ‘demonstrated he knows what it takes to win across the country.’”
  • California Gov. Gavin Newsom: “Congrats to my friend Tim Walz — the new chair of  Dem Govs!!”
  • Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards: “Congratulations and good luck to my friend Gov.  Tim Walz. Because of [the DGA’s] support, 600,000 working Louisianans have healthcare, we have the lowest unemployment rate in state history, and we’re leading the global energy transition. Elections matter.”
  • U.S. Senator Tina Smith: “The Walz-Flanagan administration shows us what we can accomplish when Democrats organize + deliver for working families 💪🏼👪Congrats Tim Walz!”
  • DNC Chair Jaime Harrison: “Congratulations my friend! Looking forward to working with you to get more Democratic Governors elected!”
  • Minnesota Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan: “I’m thrilled my friend, partner in justice, colleague, and Minnesota’s dedicated leader Governor Tim Walz will be the next Chair of the Dem Govs!”
  • Minnesota DFL Chair Ken Martin: “So excited for my friend Tim Walz on his election as Chair of the DGA. He has an amazing track record of success here in Minnesota- both on the policy and electoral fronts-which he now gets to export to other states around the nation.”