Western Governors elect Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper Chairman, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval Vice Chairman at 2013 Annual Meeting

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Gov HickenlooperColorado Gov. John Hickenlooper was elected Chairman of the Western Governors' Association (WGA) and Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval was elected as Vice-Chairman on the final day (June 30) of the WGA 2013 Annual Meeting in Park City, Utah.

Gov. Hickenlooper, during his remarks, said that the WGA motto for the coming year will be “We Go Altogether.”

The Colorado Governor said he expects during his chairmanship to examine issues central to the West such as water and forest health, as well as broader issues such as health care, immigration and education reform. The governor was elected by Colorado voters in 2010; he previously had served as Mayor of Denver since 2003.

The WGA also announced Gov. Sandoval’s election as Vice-Chairman. “Western states face unique challenges and the WGA provides a forum for Governors to listen and learn from one another,” said Gov. Sandoval.” Gov. Sandoval was elected by Nevada voters in 2010 after previously serving as a U.S. District Judge in Nevada since 2005.

Gov SandovalGov. Hickenlooper assumed the gavel from Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, who served as Chairman for the past year. During his chairmanship, Gov. Herbert focused on "Responsible Energy Development," with a goal of providing reliable, affordable and cleaner energy for the long term.

During the 2013 Annual Meeting the WGA released a 10-Year Energy Vision, as well as nine resolutions on issues such as Energy and Transmission, the Endangered Species Act, Wildland Fire Management, and Nation Minerals Policy. (Find the resolutions here.)

Learn more about the WGA at its website.