Hogan, other incoming governors to meet with Obama

Governor-elect Larry Hogan will join six other newly elected governors at the White House Friday morning for a meeting with President Obama.

The day of White House activities is expected to begin with a meeting with Vice President Joe Biden and end with a session with Obama and top White House officials, according to Hogan's transition team.


Hogan and the other governors will also receive briefings from members of the Obama Cabinet. Among those participating are Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy.

In Hogan's case, he'll meet with a president who campaigned for his Democratic opponent, Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown.


Hogan released a statement saying he looks forward to the New Governors Meeting.

"While I and some of my Republican governor colleagues may disagree with the president, vice president, and Cabinet members on some issues, it has always been my belief that public servants can disagree without being disagreeable," Hogan said. "This opportunity will provide my team and me with valuable insight as we continue our hard work to turn Maryland around, and I look forward to learning as much as possible."

Seven of the 11 incoming governors elected last month are Republicans. Three are Democrats and Bill Walker of Alaska is an independent. Walker is the only newly elected governor who has already been sworn in.

Planning to attend are Walker and Republicans Hogan, Greg Abbott of Texas, Charlie Baker of Massachusetts and Bruce Rauner of Illinois. The Democrats who accepted invitations are Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania and Gina Raimondo of Rhode Island.

Four governors-elect are not attending, according to the White House.