Rhode Island governor becomes chair of Democratic group

By The Associated Press

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo is the new chairwoman of the Democratic Governors Association.

She was elected Saturday at the group’s meeting in New Orleans, putting her in a key fundraising role for 14 gubernatorial elections across the country over the next two years.

New Jersey’s Phil Murphy was elected vice chairman and is in line to lead the group in 2020, the next presidential election  year.

The organization added to its ranks in November’s midterm elections. Once new governors are sworn in in January, there will be 23 Democrats leading states, up from the current 16.

Raimondo says a major issue for the Democratic governors is access to health care, including Medicaid expansion.

Nebraska Gov. Phil Ricketts this week was elected chairman of the Republican Governors Association.

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