Each year, I watch, listen or read the state of the addresses from every governor in the nation. The annual ritual gives me better insight into the priorities of each governor and a sense of what issues or opportunities could arise from those priorities. It allows me to better serve my clients and develop better advocacy strategies. Simply put, it makes me a better state lobbyist.
This post is the first of three posts that will cover the 2015 State of the State addresses. Two will cover speeches from incumbent governors. A third will focus on newly-elected governors, as they outline the goals of their first (and maybe only) term in office.
This week, I'm highlighting the two longest serving governors in America and the current chair of the RGA and next chair of the DGA, as they all won reelection in 2014.
- California Governor Jerry Brown (January 5, 2015)
"Over the next four years and beyond, we must dedicate ourselves to make what we have done work, to see the massive changes in education, healthcare and public safety are actually carried out and endured. The financial promises we have already made must be confronted honestly so they are properly funded. The health of our stat depends on it."
One thing I learned? Governor Brown was a former Jesuit priest.
- Iowa Governor Terry Brandstadt (January 5, 2015)
- Tennessee Governor Bill Haslem (February 7, 2015)
- Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy (January 7, 2015)
"To be competitive regionally, nationally, and internationally, we need a transformation. For our roads, bridges, rails and ports, even our walkways or bikeways. We need to change the way we commute, the ways our businesses move their products, and the ways we get around our cities and towns. It's time for a Connecticut to establish a collective vision for the next thirty years. A vision for a best-in-class transportation system."