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Subseries 16. National Governor Organizations

Scope and Content Notes:

National Governors Association (NGA). While governor, Dick Thornburgh participated in the National Governors Association, an organization in which governors participated in discussion of issues of common concern at both state and federal levels. Dick Thornburgh writes that his principal focus in the NGA was the federal deficit, although he actively dealt with issues of transportation, technology, and educational standards, among others. About his interest in federal budgets, however, he writes, "I became convinced that a balanced-budget amendment to the United States Constitution was the only answer to the federal deficit," ( Evidence, p.175) and he continued to lobby in NGA meetings until the NGA finally called for a federal balanced-budget amendment in 1985.

Dick Thornburgh viewed his participation at NGA as an important chance to also network with many in the federal government which provided practical benefits to the problems in Pennsylvania. The relationships he developed "helped ensure that when Pennsylvania's issues warranted federal consideration, they received it" ( Evidence, 176). This, he points out, was particularly helpful in 1981-1983, during the major recession during which Pennsylvania needed and received federal aid.

The NGA met twice a year, regularly, at a winter meeting and a summer meeting. The winter meeting was held in Washington D.C., every year that Thornburgh was governor. The summer meetings, held either in July or August, were held at varying locations around the country, such as Idaho, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Maine, among others. In addition to these biannual meetings, Thornburgh attended Executive Committee meetings periodically, as well as other committee meetings that were held more sporadically.

The files are grouped by meeting to which they pertain, chronologically ordered, 1979-1986. The familiar contents for each meeting consist of both briefing binders and meeting files, though other items from the meetings are also included. The term "binder" has been preserved, as a guide to the original order of these materials, although literally they have been removed for preservation purposes. In many cases, multiple folders are required for a single "binder."

Republican Governors Association (RGA). During Thornburgh's terms as governor he was active in the Republican Governors Association. In his recent autobiography, Thornburgh calls his membership in this important, for it "gave me an opportunity to work on broader issues and to enter some important national networks" ( Evidence, p.175). The RGA was, for Thornburgh, particularly significant during his period as chairman of the Association, to which he was elected in December, 1984, and his subsequent period as campaign chairman in 1986. The organization, at the time Thornburgh was elected chairman, was in his words, "somewhat moribund and its treasury bare" ( Evidence, p.176). That soon changed, however, with Thornburgh's hiring of a new executive director and the instigation of an annual dinner. The first of these was attended by the President and RGA raised nearly a million dollars, which allowed it to invest both in candidates and other growth opportunities.

These files contain meeting files with briefing binders, in which the material pertains specifically to RGA meetings, in chronological order. There also is gubernatorial candidates information (filed alphabetically by state, annual briefing binders (arranged chronologically), and background files (arranged chronologically), which include correspondence and contributions information, as well as research on the status of gubernatorial races.

Coalition of Northeastern Governors (CONEG). The Coalition of Northeastern Governors was created in 1976 and today is a non-partisan association of governors of the eight northeastern states-Connecticut, Maine, New Jersey, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Thornburgh belonged and served as chairman for a period of time during his terms as governor of Pennsylvania although Pennsylvania is not today a part of this group as it was during Thornburgh's terms, 1979-1987. At that time it played an important role in the ability of Pennsylvania to network with states that shared similar interests and concerns. CONEG met once or twice a year to discuss matters of common concern and also to join forces in presenting their agendas at a political level (Republican Governors' Association) or national level (National Governors' Association). The topics that the group discussed were varied and included, for example: social, political, environmental, and economic issues, ranging from acid rain to public transportation and welfare.

These files are separated into two chronological groups: meeting files and briefing materials. The meeting files contain both briefing materials and/or notes and memorabilia regarding a specific meeting, with both pre- and during-meeting items. Briefing files contain only "briefing binders," material that was presented to Thornburgh before he attended the CONEG meetings.

Section: NGA

Folder 2 1979 meeting files, annotated material, and ephemera 1979
Folder 3-4 NGA Winter Meeting, Washington, DC February 25-27, 1979
Folder 5 Committee on National Resources and Environmental Management, Washington, DC February 26, 1979
Folder 6-7 NGA Summer Meeting, Louisville, KY July 8-10, 1979
Folder 8 Governor's testimony on National Governors' Association (NGA) Nuclear Policy and Three Mile Island (TMI), Louisville, KY July 8-10, 1979
Folder 9-10 NGA Winter Meeting, Washington, DC February 24-26, 1980
Folder 11 Committee on International Trade and Foreign Relations, Washington, DC February 24-26, 1980
Folder 12 Community and Economic Development Committee Meeting, Harrisburg, PA June 24, 1980

Box 421
Folder 1-2 NGA Summer Meeting, Denver, CO August 3-5, 1980
Folder 3 Committee on Natural Resources and Environmental Management, Denver, CO August 4, 1980
Folder 4 Committee on Transportation, Commerce and Technology, Denver, CO August 4, 1980
Folder 5 Committee on Community and Economic Development, Denver CO August 3, 1980
Folder 6 Executive Committee Meeting, Washington, DC September 23, 1980
Folder 7 Appalachian Regional Commission Meeting, Washington, DC February 3, 1981
Folder 8 NGA Winter Meeting, Washington, DC February 22-24, 1981

Box 422
Folder 1-4 NGA Winter Meeting, Washington, DC February 22-24, 1981
Folder 5 Executive Committee Meeting, Washington, DC May 12, 1981
Folder 6-8 NGA Summer Meeting, Atlantic City, NJ August 9-11, 1981

Box 423
Folder 1 NGA Summer Meeting, Atlantic City, NJ August 9-11, 1981
Folder 2 Committee on Transportation, Commerce and Technology, Dick Thornburgh as "Lead Governor" November 30, 1981
Folder 3-4 NGA Winter Meeting, Washington, DC February 21-23, 1982
Folder 5 Criminal Justice Committee regarding American Prisons, Washington, DC February 21, 1982
Folder 6-7 NGA Summer Meeting, Afton, OK August 8-10, 1982
Folder 8 Criminal Justice and Public Protection Committee, Afton, OK August 8, 1982
Folder 9 Committee on International Trade and Foreign Relations, Afton, OK August 8-10, 1982
Folder 10 Committee on Transportation, Commerce and Technology, Afton, OK August 9, 1982
Folder 11 Committee on Executive Management and Fiscal Affairs, Afton, OK August 9, 1982
Folder 12 "December of Decision: A Look Ahead at Pressures and Issues in Federal-State Relations," submitted to the Executive Committee Meeting by Governor George Busbee of Georgia, Park City, UT November 12, 1982
Folder 13-14 NGA Winter Meeting, Washington, DC February 27-March 1, 1983

Box 424
Folder 1-2 National Task Force on Education for Economic Growth, Washington, DC February 26, 1983
Folder 3 Committee on Transportation, Commerce and Technology, Washington, DC February 28, 1983
Folder 4 Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Protection regarding Illegal Drug Trafficking, Washington, DC February 27, 1983
Folder 5 Executive Committee Meeting, Washington, DC May 23, 1983
Folder 6-9 NGA Summer Meeting, Portland, ME July 31-August 2, 1983

Box 425
Folder 1 Committee on Transportation, Commerce and Technology, Portland, ME August 1, 1983
Folder 2 Appalachian Regional Commission, Portland, ME June 30, 1983
Folder 3 Executive Committee Meeting, Washington, DC October 21, 1983
Folder 4 Appalachian Regional Commission, Washington DC January 31, 1984
Folder 5-7 NGA Winter Meeting, Washington, DC February 26-28, 1984
Folder 8 Committee on Transportation, Commerce and Communication Meeting, Washington, DC February 27, 1984
Folder 9 Committee on International Competitiveness Meeting, Washington, DC February 28, 1984
Folder 10 Committee on International Trade and Foreign Relations Meeting, Washington, DC February 27, 1984
Folder 11 Special Governors Work Session on the Federal Budget, Washington, DC February 25, 1984
Folder 12 Executive Committee Meeting, Washington, DC June 11, 1984
Folder 13-14 NGA Summer Meeting, Nashville, TN July 29-31, 1984

Box 426
Folder 1 NGA Summer Meeting, Nashville, TN July 29-31, 1984
Folder 2 Briefing binder for Committee on Transportation, Commerce and Communication meeting July 29, 1984
Folder 3 Executive Committee Meeting, Nashville, TN July 29, 1984
Folder 4 Reports from various committees at NGA Summer Meeting, Nashville, TN July 29-31, 1984
Folder 5 Task Force on Technological Innovation, Nashville, TN July 29, 1984
Folder 6 Tax Reform Meeting, Harrisburg, PA November 28, 1984
Folder 7-9 Executive Committee Meeting and Task Force on Tax Reform, Hilton Head Island, SC November 29, 1984
Folder 10 Advisory Committee on Tax Reform, Washington, DC December 13, 1984
Folder 11 Committee on Low-Level Nuclear Waste, Colorado Springs, CO January 10-11, 1985
Folder 12 Executive Committee Meeting and Plenary Session of Republican Governors' Association (RGA) and Coalition of Northeastern Governors (CONEG), Washington, DC February 24, 1985

Box 427
Folder 1-2 Executive Committee Meeting and Plenary Session of Republican Governors' Association (RGA) and Coalition of Northeastern Governors (CONEG), Washington, DC February 24, 1985
Folder 3-5 NGA Winter Meeting, Washington, DC February 24-25, 1985
Folder 6 Executive Committee Meeting, Washington, DC May 7, 1985
Folder 7 Economic Development Project Study Group Meeting, Harrisburg, PA July 24, 1985
Folder 8 Center for Policy Research and Committee on Economic Development and Technological Innovation Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA July 30, 1985
Folder 9-11 NGA Summer Meeting, Boise, ID August 4-5, 1985

Box 428
Folder 1 Committee of Transportation, Commerce and Communication, Boise, ID August 5, 1985
Folder 2 Task Force on School Readiness to Meet the New Standards, Columbia, SC November 27, 1985
Folder 3-4 Executive Committee Meeting and Seminar for Governors and Corporate Chief Executives, "The Governor as Public Manager and Chief Executive," Lake Tahoe, NV December 5-6, 1985
Folder 5-6 White House Workshops for Governors, Washington DC February 22, 1986
Folder 7-9 NGA Winter Meeting, Washington, DC February 22-25, 1986

Box 429
Folder 1-4 NGA Winter Meeting, Washington, DC February 22-25, 1986
Folder 5 Committee on Transportation, Commerce and Communication, Washington, DC February 24, 1986
Folder 6-9 Task Force on School Readiness to Meet the New Standards, Pittsburgh, PA (annotated) March 31, 1986

Box 430
Folder 1-2 Executive Committee Meeting, Washington, DC June 24, 1986
Folder 3-5 NGA Summer Meeting, Hilton Head Island, SC August 23-26, 1986
Folder 6 Committee on Transportation, Commerce and Communication Meeting, Hilton Head Island, SC August 24, 1986
Folder 7 Federalism interview briefing for Christian Science Monitor, Hilton Head Island, SC August 25, 1986
Folder 8 Governors of the American States, Commonwealths and Territories 1986
Folder 9 Policy Positions 1985-1986
Folder 10 State Government: The Journal of State Affairs, vol. 53, no. 3, "Politics and the American Governors," National Governors' Association Center for Policy Research Summer, 1980

Section: RGA

Section: Meeting files


Box 431
Folder 1 Harrisburg, PA October 25, 1979
Folder 2-3 Austin, TX November 18-20, 1979
Folder 4 Briefing for meeting in Philadelphia, Washington, DC November 16-18, 1980
Folder 5 Philadelphia, PA November 16-18, 1980
Folder 6 New Orleans, LA November 22-24, 1981
Folder 7 Kansas City, MO November 13-15, 1982
Folder 8-9 Chicago, IL November 12-15, 1983
Folder 10-11 Des Moines, IA December 2-4, 1984

Box 432
Folder 1 Des Moines, IA December 2-4, 1984
Folder 3 Washington, DC January 21, 1985
Folder 4 Washington, DC May 22, 1985
Folder 5 Washington, DC June 27, 1985
Folder 6 Boise, ID August 5, 1985
Folder 7 Meeting with President, Washington, DC October 17, 1985
Folder 8-9 Claymont, DE December 7-10, 1985
Folder 10 "White House Briefing" Meeting, Washington DC October 7, 1986
Folder 11-12 Parsippany, NJ December 7-9, 1986

Section: Gubernatorial Candidates Information

Folder 13 Briefing binder and background information February 22, 1982
Folder 14 Briefing binder and background information March 8, 1984
Folder 15 Briefing binder and background information April 26, 1985

Box 433
Folder 1 Briefing binder and background information April 26, 1985

Section: Annual Briefing Binders

Folder 2 Updates April 11, 1983
Folder 3 Briefing binder 1984
Folder 4 Updates 1985
Folder 5 Briefing binder 1986

Section: Background Files

Folder 6 Reprints of gubernatorial inaugural address speeches 1979
Folder 7 Fundraising meeting invitations June-November, 1979
Folder 8 Correspondence 1979-1980
Folder 9 Statements and clippings 1985
Folder 10-11 Contributions and thank you notes 1980
Folder 12 Campaign staff duties and consultant research 1981-1982
Folder 13 Fundraising plans and analyses 1983
Folder 14 Republican State Committee of Pennsylvania 1983
Folder 15 Republican County Chairmen luncheons 1980-1983
Folder 16-17 Status of gubernatorial races and correspondence among Association members 1984
Folder 18 News releases issued by and about Governor Thornburgh 1984-1986
Folder 19 Status of gubernatorial races 1985-1986
Folder 20 Chairman of Republican Governors Association (RGA) files, research and consultant information 1985-1986
Folder 21 "RGA Report" newsletter 1983-1985
Folder 22 "Pennsylvania Political Report" 1985-1986
Folder 23 Reagan Stage II: State and Local Revolution 1986

Section: CONEG

Section: Meeting files


Box 434
Folder 1 Harrisburg, PA January 7, 1979
Folder 2 Providence, RI October 27, 1979
Folder 3 Washington DC February 4, 1981
Folder 4 Philadelphia, PA May 7, 1981
Folder 5 Update material October 2, 1981
Folder 6 Harrisburg, PA November 20, 1981
Folder 7 Saratoga Springs, NY December 6, 1981
Folder 8 Providence, RI January 23, 1983
Folder 9 Washington DC February 28, 1983
Folder 10 Nashville, TN July 30, 1984
Folder 11 Danbury, CT January 30, 1985
Folder 12 Boise, ID August 5, 1985

Box 435
Folder 1 Annual Meeting, Bretton Woods, NH August 28, 1985
Folder 2 Mail ballot September 3, 1986

Section: Briefing binders

Folder 3 Impact on the North Eastern Region and Federal Accomplishments of the Coalition of Northeastern Governors (CONEG) December, 1978
Folder 4 Boston, MA August, 1979
Folder 5 Nashville, TN July, 1984
Folder 6 Hartford, CT October, 1984
Folder 7 Jackson Village, NH October, 1984
Folder 8 Task Force on Infrastructure, NY November, 1984
Folder 9 Executive Committee Meeting December, 1984

Box 436
Folder 1-2 Danbury, CT January, 1985
Folder 3 Washington DC February, 1985
Folder 4 Coalition of Northeastern Governors (CONEG) Directory and Policies 1985
Folder 5 Annual Meeting, Bretton Woods, NH August, 1985
Folder 6 Advisory Committee, Washington DC December, 1985
Folder 7 Environment Committee Meeting, Newark, NJ January, 1986
Folder 8 Annual Conference, Rye Brook, NY July, 1986