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Obama names O’Malley to Council of Governors

ANNAPOLIS — President Barack Obama has named Gov. Martin O’Malley co-chair of the Council of Governors.

New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan, center, accompanied by fellow members of the Democratic Governors Associations, speaks outside the White House in Washington, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, following their meeting with President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.

The announcement was made Monday.

The council includes 10 governors, including five Democrats and five Republicans. It brings together governors and federal officials to address issues relating to the National Guard and homeland security.

O’Malley, a Democrat, was first appointed to the Council in 2010. Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, a Republican, is the co-chair of the council.

O’Malley also is co-chair of the National Governors Association Special Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety.

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