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Governors' Biofuels Coalition
NEWS UPDATE November 12, 2014

November 13, 2014

News Release Contacts:
Larry Pearce 402-651-2948
David Terry 703-395-1076
Jimmy Centers (Branstad) 515-281-5211
Channing Ansley (Nixon) 573-751-0290

Coalition Welcomes Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Missouri Governor Jay Nixon as the Coalition’s New 2015 Leadership Team

The Coalition announced today that Iowa Governor Terry Branstad will become chairman and Missouri Governor Jay Nixon will become vice chairman Governors’ Biofuels Coalition beginning in January 2015.

“I look forward to working with Governor Nixon to advance the bipartisan work of the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition, as the production and use of biofuels increases family incomes in rural America, diversifies our nation’s energy portfolio, and enables consumer choice at the fuel pump, ” Governor Branstad said.

“Thanks to our corn and soybean farmers, Missouri has long played a leadership role in the development and production of biofuels,” Governor Nixon said. “Missouri was one of the founding members of the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition, and the Coalition has played a major role in our nation’s energy policies, including the drafting and passage of the renewable fuel standards. I’m honored to serve as the next vice chairman of this organization, and will continue working to strengthen the energy independence of Missouri and our country.”

“Renewable energy benefits everyone, from energy customers to farmers to anyone who breathes our air,” Illinois Governor and out going chairman Pat Quinn said. “I am proud to have served as chairman of this multi-state Coalition that aims to show the world what can be done with renewable energy. I look forward to a sustainable future for our nation.”

Governor Branstad and Governor Nixon both thanked Illinois Governor Pat Quinn for his leadership as chairman of the Coalition during 2014.

For over 20 years, the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition has provided regional and national leadership on biofuels policy development. The bipartisan Coalition is comprised governors from across the nation. The governors share a concern that the nation’s dependence on imported petroleum is both economically and environmentally unsustainable, and presents an unacceptable risk to our national security. The Coalition’s policy activities address all aspects of biofuels development and use. For more information, visit


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