Governor Mills Elected Co-chair of US Climate Alliance Bipartisan Coalition of Governors Leading on Climate Action

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Governor Janet T. Mills (D) Appearing on CNN Television During the Governor’s Winter Meeting in Washington, DC Earlier This Year.

The US Climate Alliance, a bipartisan coalition of  25 governors committed to fighting climate change, has elected Governor Janet T. Mills (D) to serve as its Co-chair.  Governor Mills and Washngton Governor Jay Inslee were elected co-chairs by the Alliance’s members, who convened this week in Washington, D.C. for the coailtion’s semiannual spring meeting.  Governor Mills is the first governor from outside of a founding member state – which includes, California, New York and Washington, – to lead the Alliance.

The US Climate Alliance is a coalition of governors committed to fighting climate change by reducing carbon emissions, advancing clean energy and protecting people and the environment from the effects of the climate crisis.  As Co-chairs, Governor Mills and Governor Inslee will help direct the Alliance’s efforts on behalf of its member states and territories, which represent more than half of the US population and 60% of the national ecoonmy.

“Shortly after being elected Governor, I declared that ‘Maine Won’t Wait’ to address climate change.  Over the past four years, we have made significant progress in embracing clean energy, transitioning to climate-friendly technologies that strengthen our economy and makeing our state and our people more resilient to the impacts of climate change,” said Governor Mills.  “My election as co-chair is a recognition of Maine as a national leader in fighting climate change and a tribute to the great work done by people acros Maine.  I am proud to take our hard work and ideas and share them with the Alliance as we continue to take action to address climate change.”

“For nearly six years, our founding state members have led our coalition with great purpose and determination,” said Casey Katins, Executive Director, of US Climate Change.  “We’re thrilled to expand our leadership with Governor Mills to help us chart our next chapter.”

Governor Mills, a Democrat, is the first woman governor Maine and the state’s first woman attorney general.  Lots of firsts here!