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Jane Swift on Principles & Values

Former Republican Acting Governor (MA)


Bows out of governor's race, citing family concerns

Swift tearfully and unexpectedly bowed out of the governor's race, clearing the way for Mitt Romney to focus on defeating Democrats - instead of a primary challenger. "I believe that this is in the best interest of our state, as it will allow the Republican party's best chance of holding the governor's office in November," Swift said, her voice choking with emotion.

The announcement of Romney's entrance into the GOP race for governor had been anticipated for weeks, and Swift's popularity suffered with each poll taken. Still, until recently, she said she welcomed a challenging campaign. Many of her staff did not know until Tuesday about her decision.

A Boston Herald poll on Sunday showed Romney leading Swift 75 percent to 12 percent.

"Having said early on the time with family was non-negotiable, something had to give," Swift said. She plans to serve out her term until the end of the year.

Source: John McElhenny, Associated Press Mar 19, 2002

First sitting governor to give birth

The 36-year-old Republican took office April 10 [upon the appointment of Paul Cellucci as Ambassador to Canada], facing enormous pressure to make a mark before dropping from view to give birth. She held press conferences almost daily until May 8, when she was suddenly admitted to the hospital after experiencing contractions.

Her admittance came weeks earlier than she and her staff had apparently expected. Her doctor, hoping to keep the twins in utero for at least 10 more days, ordered her off her feet. Swift intended to work from her hospital room, calling in to staff meetings, signing documents ferried to her bed by State House staff.

Opponents suggested that Swift’s speakerphone meetings might be unconstitutional. But far from undermining Swift, that challenge-and her determination to keep governing despite her condition-appeared on [news media worldwide]. Swift’s aides say she will not make political hay from her twins. They will be taken home soon, away from Boston and public view.

Source: Yvonne Abraham, Boston Globe, p. A20 May 16, 2001

Member of New England Governors Conference.

Swift is a member of the New England Governors' Conference:

The New England Governors’ Conference, an informal alliance since colonial days, was formally established in 1937 by the Governors of the six state region to promote New England’s economic development. In 1981, the Conference incorporated as a non-partisan, non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)3 corporation. The region’s six governors serve as its Board of Directors. Annually, the governors select a Chairman to oversee the activities of the organization.

The NEGC’s framework permits the Governors to work together, to coordinate and implement policies and programs which are designed to respond to regional issues. The NEGC coordinates regional policy programs in the areas of economic development, transportation, environment, energy, and health, among others. Through these efforts, the Conference seeks to coordinate, effectively and cost-efficiently, regional policies that reflect and benefit the states. The NEGC manages committees of state officials in such areas as energy, the environment, and economic development.

The NEGC also serves as the New England Secretariat for the Conference of New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers (NEG/ECP). The NEG/ECP, which first met in 1973, is a unique, inter-regional, bi-national organization. [Resolutions from the NEG/ECP appear on each Governor’s web page under the appropriate topic areas. NEG/ECP resolutions do not necessarily reflect the full policy stance of individual governors, but they do represent the consensus viewpoint.]

Source: New England Governors Conference web site 01-NEGC0 on Aug 28, 2001

Member, National Governors Association/Economic Development.

Swift is a member of the National Governors Association:

The National Governors Association (NGA) is the collective voice of the nation’s governors and one of Washington’s most respected public policy organizations. NGA provides governors with services that range from representing states on Capitol Hill and before the Administration on key federal issues to developing policy reports on innovative state programs and hosting networking seminars for state government executive branch officials. The NGA Center for Best Practices focuses on state innovations and best practices on issues that range from education and health to technology, welfare reform, and the environment. NGA also provides management and technical assistance to both new and incumbent governors.

Since their initial meeting in 1908 to discuss interstate water problems, governors have worked through the National Governors Association to deal with issues of public policy and governance relating to the states. The association’s ongoing mission is to support the work of the governors by providing a bipartisan forum to help shape and implement national policy and to solve state problems.

Fortune Magazine recently named NGA as one of Washington’s most powerful lobbying organizations due, in large part, to NGA’s ability to lead the debate on issues that impact states. From welfare reform to education, from the historic tobacco settlement to wireless communications tax policies, NGA has influenced major public policy issues while maintaining the strength of our Federalist system of government.

There are three standing committees—on Economic Development and Commerce, Human Resources, and Natural Resources—that provide a venue for governors to examine and develop policy positions on key state and national issues.

[Note: NGA positions represent a majority view of the nation’s governors, but do not necessarily reflect a governor’s individual viewpoint. Governors vote on NGA policy positions but the votes are not made public.]

Source: National Governors Association web site www.NGA.org 01-NGA0 on Jan 1, 2001

Member of Republican Governors Association.

Swift is a member of the Republican Governors Association:

Founded in 1963, the Republican Governors Association (RGA) is the official public policy and political organization of the Republican governors and governors-elect of the United States of America

    RGA Mission Statement
  1. To assist in the solution of significant national public policy problems.
  2. To enable the Republican governors to take their proper position in expressing the philosophy of the Republican Party within the national party framework.
  3. To assist in the election of Republican gubernatorial candidates and the reelection of incumbent governors.
  4. To provide a mechanism to facilitate communications and cooperation among its members; with local, state and national Party organizations; with Republicans in the US Congress; and with Republicans in the Executive branch of government during a Republican administration.
The RGA also will work closely with local officials, including state legislators, mayors, county executives and other municipal and county leaders to assist in a free exchange of ideas. As it looks ahead, the RGA is preparing for the 2001- 2002 election cycle in which 38 gubernatorial seats, with 25 seats currently held by Republicans, will be at stake. The cycle begins this year with two highly competitive races, in New Jersey and Virginia. For this and the 36 races in 2002, the RGA will create strong recruiting and fundraising programs to provide maximum political assistance to all Republican candidates.

The RGA will enhance the visibility of the Association as a unified policy-making and political force with the national media, business community and government through a coordinated communications strategy. By building more awareness of the policies of the Republican governors, the political and policy objectives of the Association as a whole can be achieved. Currently, there are 29 Republican governors representing roughly 60 percent of the American people.

Source: Republican Governors Association website, rga.policy.net 01-RGA1 on Aug 15, 2001

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