The Midwestern Governors Association (MGA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that brings together the governors of Midwestern states to work cooperatively on public policy issues of significance to the region. The MGA was created in December 1962, when articles of organization were adopted at the first annual meeting in Chicago. The members of the association are the governors of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin.
The purpose of the MGA is "to foster regional development, to attain greater efficiency in state administration, to facilitate interstate cooperation and improve intergovernmental relationships, and to provide a medium for the exchange of views and experiences on subjects of general importance to the people of the Midwestern states." In pursuit of these objectives, the MGA has, through the years, established a wide array of committees, task forces and study groups charged with investigating and reporting on various issues of regional concern.
The MGA staff supports projects undertaken by the governors and by the MGA working groups to promote regional cooperation and problem-solving. These multi-state groups of government officials work to enhance economic development in the Midwestern states and identify opportunities at the federal level to advance the MGA's goals. Issues they have recently addressed include agriculture, workforce development, international trade and tourism promotion.
The MGA also has Gold and Silver business partners, corresponding to the different contribution and benefit levels.
List of current Midwestern Governors
The current MGA Chair is Vacant. The Vice Chair is vacant.
|Current Governor||State||Past||Party||Took office||Seat Up|
|J. B. Pritzker||Illinois||List||Democratic||2019||2022|
|Kristi Noem||South Dakota||List||Republican||2019||2022|
|Doug Burgum||North Dakota||List||Republican||2016||2020|
|Pete Ricketts||Nebraska||List||Republican||2015||2022 (term-limited)|
MGA's past leadership
- 2011 Chair: Illinois Governor Pat Quinn
- 2010 Chair: Ohio Governor Ted Strickland
- 2009 Chair: Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm
- 2008 Chair: South Dakota Governor Michael Rounds
- 2007 Chair: Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle
- 2006 Chair: Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty
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