Dennis Daugaard was elected the 32nd Governor of the "Mount Rushmore State" in 2010, and reelected in 2014. The South Dakota native served two terms as Lieutenant Governor prior to his election. Governor Daugaard will launch the Western Governors' Workforce Development Initiative upon becoming the 2018 Chair of the Western Governors' Association.
Governor Ige began his political career in 1985 after being appointed by then Governor George Ariyoshi to fill a vacant seat in the Hawai‘i House of Representatives. In 1994, then Representative Ige was elected to the Hawai‘i Senate where he represented his home district until 2014, when he was elected Hawaii’s 8th governor.
Steve Bullock was elected the 24th governor of the "Treasure State" in 2012, and reelected in 2016. The Montana native served as Attorney General of Montana prior to his election. In the past year as Chair of the Western Governors' Association, Governor Bullock has launched the National Forest and Rangeland Management Initiative to create a mechanism for states and land managers to share best practices and policy options for forest and rangeland management.