Photo courtesy Michelle Lujan Grisham Facebook page

President Joe Biden announced on Thursday his intent to appoint Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham to his Council of Governors, a bipartisan group of 10 governors focused on improving national and state responses to security threats. Eric J. Holcomb and Lujan Grisham to the Council of Governors for two-year terms, and will replace Oregon Governor Kate Brown and Tennessee Governor Bill Lee who completed their terms.

Gov. Lujan Grisham issued the following statement:

“I am honored to join this bipartisan group of state leaders to strengthen the relationship between the federal government and states to improve our joint responses and capabilities during national emergencies. Preparation and planning are the keys to saving lives and property in every crisis from historic wildfires and major weather events to threats against critical infrastructure, protecting our electrical grid and hardening our technological defenses against cyber attacks. I want to thank President Biden for giving me this opportunity to serve our nation and represent the State of New Mexico.”

The Council of Governors serves as the lead forum for communication and collaboration between the States and the Federal government on homeland defense, civil support, synchronization and integration of State and Federal military activities in the United States, and matters of mutual interest pertaining to the National Guard.

This story is a staff report from The Paper.