On Thursday, it was reported that Democrat Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham was appointed by Joe Biden to sit on the Council of Governors, which consists of five Democrat and five Republican governors appointed by the occupant of the White House.
“Preparation and planning are the keys to saving lives and property in every crisis from historic wildfires and major weather events to threats against critical infrastructure, protecting our electrical grid and hardening our technological defenses against cyber attacks,” Lujan Grisham said following the appointment.
Lujan Grisham was appointed alongside Gov. Eric Holcomb (R-Indiana) to fill the vacancies left by former Gov. Kate Brown (D-Oregon) and Gov. Bill Lee (R-Tennessee). Both governors will have two-year terms on the council.
According to the National Governors Association, “The Council consists of ten governors appointed to two-year terms by the President – five from each party – with two governors serving as co-chairs. The Executive Order specifically names a number of federal participants in the Council, including the Secretaries of Defense and Homeland Security, the President’s Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Advisor, the Commander of U.S. Northern Command and the Chief of the National Guard Bureau, among others.”
The Albuquerque Journal reported that the appointment will be “deepening ties between the state and federal administrations as the 2024 election year looms on the horizon.”
Lujan Grisham previously failed to be picked for the position of Biden’s U.S. Department of Health secretary, losing to Democrat former California Attorney General Xavier Becerra. Lujan Grisham then opted to run for reelection, narrowly defeating Republican challenger Mark Ronchetti in the November 2022 election.
Biden campaigned for Lujan Grisham during the election, even visiting New Mexico to stump for the embattled governor.
Lujan Grisham will serve on the Council with Governors Mike DeWine (R-Ohio), Tim Walz (D-Minnesota), John Carney (D-Delaware), John Bel Edwards (D-Louisiana), Gretchen Whitmer (D-Michigan), Spencer Cox (R-Utah), Phil Scott (R-Vermont), and Mark Gordon (R-Wyoming).