Gov. Sandoval to chair Western governors group |

Gov. Sandoval to chair Western governors group

The Associated Press
Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, right, talks informally with Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, left, following a roundtable discussion titled The Impacts of Major Western Oil and Gas Finds: Meeting Challenges and Capturing Opportunities, during the annual Western Governors' Association Meeting, at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, Tuesday, June 10, 2014. Sandoval is expected to easily pace the field in two crowded primary contests Tuesday in Nevada, where the most attention is on the Republican primary for lieutenant governor and the race to line up behind the popular GOP governor who may have his sights set on higher office. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The Western Governors’ Association has selected Nevada Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval as its new chairman.

Member governors unanimously selected Sandoval Wednesday, the last day of a three-day annual conference in Colorado Springs. The conference has included discussions on dealing with wildfires, drought, and energy development in the West.

Sandoval had been serving as co-chair of the group. He is replacing Colorado Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper as chair.

Oregon Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber will be co-chair of the group.

Ten Western governors attended the conference.