Trump taps Hutchin­son for Coun­cil of Gov­er­nors

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - DEATHS -

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump in­tends to ap­point Gov. Asa Hutchin­son to a twoyear term on the Coun­cil of Gov­er­nors to ad­vise fed­eral of­fi­cials on Na­tional Guard, home­land de­fense and de­fense sup­port for civil au­thor­i­ties, the gov­er­nor said Thurs­day.

“Pres­i­dent Trump’s nom­i­na­tion is an honor for me and for Arkansas,” the Re­pub­li­can gov­er­nor said in a news re­lease. “It will be a priv­i­lege for me to rep­re­sent our state and to serve the na­tion as a mem­ber of the Coun­cil of Gov­er­nors. With key mil­i­tary in­stal­la­tions in Arkansas, it is an im­por­tant op­por­tu­nity to serve on the coun­cil, which ad­vises on na­tional de­fense and se­cu­rity is­sues.”

The Coun­cil of Gov­er­nors was cre­ated by the Na­tional De­fense Au­tho­riza­tion Act for fis­cal 2008 and for­mally es­tab­lished by ex­ec­u­tive or­der by Pres­i­dent Barack Obama on Jan. 11, 2010, the gov­er­nor’s of­fice said. No more than five mem­bers of the same po­lit­i­cal party may be ap­pointed to the 10-mem­ber coun­cil. The term of ap­point­ment is for two years, but mem­bers may be reap­pointed un­der the ex­ec­u­tive or­der.

Hutchin­son has been gov­er­nor since 2015 and is seek­ing re-elec­tion this year to a sec­ond four-year term. He is a for­mer fed­eral home­land se­cu­rity un­der­sec­re­tary, U.S. Drug En­force­ment Ad­min­is­tra­tion di­rec­tor, 3rd Dis­trict con­gress­man and U.S. at­tor­ney.

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