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  • 2017 Winter Meeting, Dec. 1-2, 2017, Phoenix, Arizona
  • 2018 Annual Meeting, June 25-27, 2018, Rapid City, South Dakota

2016 Winter Meeting

Dec. 13-14, San Diego, California

Western Governors in San Diego for Winter Meeting for blogThe opportunities and potential challenges of working with the incoming administration, improving the state-federal relationship, the daunting work of improving rural healthcare, a keynote on Canadian-U.S. relations,  and the rollout of seven new policy resolutions highlighted the Western Governors' Association 2016 Winter Meeting in San Diego, Calif.

WGA Chairman and Montana Gov. Steve Bullock hosted his fellow Western Governors at the Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego, California, for the gathering, which included keynote addresses by David MacNaughton, the Canadian Ambassador to the U.S., and David Eagles from the Partnership for Public Service.

The Governors formally unveiled seven new resolutions, including Building a Stronger State-Federal Relationship. That resolution, in short, asserts that "Where authority has been delegated by the federal government to the states, states should be granted the maximum administrative discretion possible and should be treated as co-regulators."

Western Governors at the meeting, hosted by Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, included WGA Vice Chair Dennis Daugaard (South Dakota), Edmund G. Brown (California), John Hickenlooper (Colorado), C.L. "Butch" Otter (Idaho), Susana Martinez (New Mexico), Ralph Torres (Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands), Gary Herbert (Utah), and Matt Mead (Wyoming).

2016 Annual Meeting

June 12-14, Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Western Governors 2016 Annual Meeting for webConversations on how to improve the efficacy of the Endangered Species Act, curb biosecurity threats, encourage innovation in the West -- as well as a celebration of the National Park Service Centennial -- highlighted the 2016 Annual Meeting in Jackson Hole, Wyo.

WGA Chairman and Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead hosted his fellow Western Governors at Snow King Resort for the gathering, which included keynote addresses by Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and historian Dayton Duncan.

Gov. Mead released the first-year report of the Western Governors’ Species Conservation and Endangered Species Act Initiative and announced a policy resolution that will guide the Governors' work on the ESA. The Governors released seven resolutions in all. Read updates on Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3.


  • Historian Dayton Duncan's keynote address on the National Parks.
  • Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead discusses the first year of his Chairman's Initiative, the Species Conservation and Endangered Species Act Initiative.
  • Montana Gov. Steve Bullock previews the goals of his National Forest and Rangeland Management Initiative.

Western Governors at the meeting, hosted by Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead, included: Steve Bullock (Montana, WGA Vice Chair), Doug Ducey (Arizona), C.L. "Butch" Otter (Idaho), John Hickenlooper (Colorado), Brian Sandoval (Nevada), Jack Dalrymple (North Dakota), Dennis Daugaard (South Dakota), and Gary R. Herbert (Utah).

2015 Winter Meeting

Dec. 4-5, Las Vegas, Nevada

All Govs Photo 2015 Winter MeetingCybersecurity, wildfires, transportation and healthcare topped the agenda at the Western Governors' Association 2015 Winter Meeting in Las Vegas, Nev.

WGA Chairman and Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead hosted his colleagues at the two-day gathering, which included keynotes by Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Andy Ozment, the Assistant Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, who spoke about the growing challenge of cybersecurity.

Gov. Mead shared a video about the first workshop and upcoming activities of his Species Conservation and Endangered Species Act InitiativeThe Governors announced the approval of resolutions on Foreign Visitor Preclearance, Transportation of Radioactive Waste and Spent Nuclear Fuel, and National Forest and Rangeland Management.

Western Governors attending the meeting, from left above: WGA Chairman Matt Mead (Wyoming), Steve Bullock (Montana), C.L. "Butch" Otter (Idaho), and Brian Sandoval (Nevada).

2015 Annual Meeting

June 24-26, Incline Village, Nevada

Meeting Photo SandovalDrought, transportation, new energy storage options, and sage-grouse conservation were just some of the topics addressed by 10 Western Governors during the Western Governors' Association 2015 Annual Meeting.

WGA Chairman and Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval (right) opened the proceedings by releasing the first-year report on his Chairman's Initiative, the Western Governors' Drought Forum, followed by a discussion with drought experts. A keynote address by Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and a spirited Q&A with the governors concluded the afternoon. Day 1 recap.

The Governors approved policy resolutions, heard a keynote address by Michael Leavitt, engaged with transportation experts on pressing regional issues, and elected their incoming WGA Chairman on the second day of the meeting. Day 2 recap. The final day opened with a discussion of new, utility-scale energy storage. Incoming WGA Chairman, Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead, concluded the meeting with a speech about the focus of his Chairman's Initiative for the coming year: the Endangered Species Act. Day 3 recap.

The Western Governors attending the meeting, hosted by Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, included Bill Walker (Alaska), Doug Ducey (Arizona), John Hickenlooper (Colorado), Eddie Calvo (Guam), Butch Otter (Idaho), Steve Bullock (Montana), Jack Dalrymple (North Dakota), Gary Herbert (Utah) and Matt Mead (Wyoming).

2014 Winter Meeting

Dec. 6-7, Four Seasons, Las Vegas

Sandoval Moniz Meeting PageOn Day One of their Winter Meeting, Western Governors rolled out the RAPID toolkit, announced two new resolutions, offered an update on the Western Governors' Drought Forum and discussed species management. In addition, they heard keynote addresses from Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell.

The Governors solemnly marked the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor to begin Day 2, after which they held a plenary session on improving services and opportunities for veterans. They closed the two-day meeting with an unscripted session on western policy moderated by Washington Post reporter Reid Wilson. Read more on our Blog.

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, the WGA Chairman, hosted six of his colleagures: John Hickenlooper (Colorado), Butch Otter (Idaho), Steve Bullock (Montana), Susana Martinez (New Mexico), Gary Herbert (Utah) and Matt Mead (Wyoming).

2014 Annual Meeting

June 9-11, The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs

2014 Governors PortraitThe 2014 Western Governors’ Association Annual Meeting attracted 10 Western Governors and several federal guests for productive discussions on wildfires and proposed regulations on carbon emissions, as well as the announcement of six new policy resolutions.

Day 1 was historic as Western Governors participated in a live video-teleconference with President Barack Obama to discuss efforts to end the practice of "fire borrowing." The day also included the renewal of a memorandum of understanding with NOAA to continue collaboration on drought, flooding and wildfire preparedness.

On Day 2 Western Governors met with Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy to discuss the recently proposed regulations on carbon emissions from existing coal plants. On Day 3 the governors elected Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval Chairman of WGA and Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber Vice-Chairman. The governors also announced six new policy resolutions.

Attending Western Governors included: WGA Chairman and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, Vice Chairman and Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, Arizona's Jan Brewer, Idaho's Butch Otter, Kansas's Sam Brownback, Montana's Steve Bullock, North Dakota's Jack Dalrymple, South Dakota's Dennis Daugaard, Utah's Gary Herbert and Wyoming's Matt Mead.

2013 Winter Meeting

Dec. 11-12, Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas, Nevada

Otter with Quagga for MeetingsThe 2013 Western Governors’ Association Winter Meeting in Las Vegas was a great success, drawing a half-dozen governors, high-profile speakers and nearly 300 attendees. 

The meeting saw the launch of the Western Governors' Crucial Habitat Assessment Tool (CHAT), a cooperative effort of 16 Western states to provide the public and industry a non-regulatory, 30,000-foot view of “crucial habitat” across the West. Western Governors announced eight new policy resolutions on a variety of issues that range from water to radioactive waste, bonding for mine reclamation to Secure Rural Schools.

Attending Western Governors included WGA Chair and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, WGA Vice Chair and Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, as well as Idaho's Butch Otter, Montana's Steve Bullock, Utah's Gary Herbert and Wyoming's Matt Mead

Here's where to find photos and media coverage.

2013 Annual Meeting

June 28-30, Montage Deer Creek, Park City, Utah

WGA-1331The 2013 Western Governors’ Association Annual Meeting in Park City attracted six governors and a variety of distinguished guests.

Energy policy had a significant role, including Utah Gov. Gary Herbert overseeing the formal roll-out of his Chairman's Initiative, the 10-Year Energy Vision, which articulates the overarching goals of a Western energy policy.

The Governors approved nine resolutions, including Endangered Species Act reform and Wildland Fire Management, among others. (Learn more). Speakers at the meeting included Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and Boone Pickens, Chairman of BP Capital Management.

Attending Governors included WGA Chair Herbert and Vice Chair John Hickenlooper of Colorado, along with Idaho's Butch Otter, Montana's Steve Bullock, Nevada's Brian Sandoval, and Wyoming's Matt Mead.

The meeting closed with the election of Gov. Hickenlooper as Chairman and Nevada Gov. Sandoval as Vice-Chairman.