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Governor, first lady travel to East Coast for National Governors Association meetings

Posted on Feb 6, 2020 in Latest Department News, Office of the Governor Press Releases

HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige and first lady Dawn Amano-Ige will be traveling to Washington, D.C. for the National Governors Association’s (NGA) Winter Meeting, a bipartisan gathering of the nation’s governors.

Gov. Ige will be meeting with members of Hawai‘i’s congressional delegation and participating in various governors’ receptions, events and panel discussions. They include: Domestic and International Innovations for Modernizing America’s Infrastructure; Economic Prosperity and Public Health; Curbing the Nicotine Epidemic; Fortifying our Future; Pathways to Opportunity; Census 2020.

The governor also has meetings with the Council of Governors, for which he is co-chairman. The council serves as a mechanism for governors and key federal officials to address matters pertaining to the National Guard, homeland defense and defense support. The council consists of 10 governors from across the country – 5 Democrats and 5 Republicans.

First lady Dawn Amano-Ige, who is vice chair of the NGA’s Spouses Leadership Committee, will be traveling with the governor to attend spouses’ sessions at the NGA Winter Meeting. She will also accompany the governor to various receptions and events in Washington, D.C.

Gov. and Mrs. Ige are scheduled to depart Honolulu late this afternoon. Lt. Gov. Joshua Green will serve as acting governor until Gov. Ige returns to Hawai‘i on Tuesday, Feb. 11.