Delaware Gov. Jack Markell has taken over as chairman of the National Governors Association.
Markell, a Democrat, was named chairman Sunday morning at the
close of NGA's annual meeting. He succeeds Republican Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman. Republican Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin was selected as vice chair.
Markell's initiative for his yearlong term as chairman will be to improve job opportunities for people with disabilities. Specifically, he hopes to facilitate jobs for people with intellectual disabilities, both in state government and the private sector.
He plans to bring together governors with business leaders and leaders from the disabled community to share ideas and develop
Markell says in a statement that there are many disabled people
"who have the time, talent and desire to make meaningful
contributions to interested employers."