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Obama names Iowa Governor Branstad to security post

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President Barack Obama has named Iowa Governor Terry Branstad as a co-chairman of the Council of Governors.

The council was created in 2008 to strengthen cooperation between the federal and state governments on national security issues. The group had its first meeting Tuesday in conjunction with a meeting of the National Governors Association. Ten governors sit on the panel.

In a statement released Tuesday, Branstad says he would work with Iowa National Guard Adjutant General Tim Orr on matters involving homeland security, the National Guard and coordinating emergency responses.

The Council of Governors is designed to ensure states have a role in security issues and ease the coordination of federal security efforts.

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