Gov. Polis to serve as vice chair of Western Governors’ Association

By: - June 30, 2021 2:33 pm

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis addressed the annual meeting of the Western Governors’ Association on June 30, 2021. (screenshot)

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis will serve as vice chair of the Western Governors’ Association, the bipartisan group of chief executives from 19 states across the West, he announced at the association’s annual meeting on Wednesday.

“I’m excited and humbled to serve as the Western Governors’ Association’s vice chair next year,” Polis said. “We’re looking forward to a future that includes both adversity and opportunity, as we anticipate a rapidly growing and changing West, a warming climate, more stress on the water supply, and the need to make equity central to the work we do.”

Polis will serve as vice chair to incoming WGA chair, Gov. Brad Little, a Republican from Idaho, who will take over from the group’s current chair, Democratic Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, at the close of the group’s annual meeting on Thursday. As vice chair, Polis would be in line to chair the group beginning next year.

Based in Denver, the WGA helps its members coordinate on state policy initiatives and advocate for Western interests at the federal level. Former Gov. John Hickenlooper previously served as the group’s chair in 2014.

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Chase Woodruff
Chase Woodruff

Reporter Chase Woodruff covers the environment, the economy and other stories for Colorado Newsline.