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Gov. Mapp Named To Homeland Security/Public Safety Committee By National Governor’s Association



LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Virgin Islands Gov. Kenneth Mapp has been named to the National Governor’s Association’s Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee this week, the association said.

Meanwhile, Gov. Asa Hutchinson was appointed chairman of the National Governors Association’s Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee this week.

The Republican governor served as undersecretary for border and transportation security in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security under President George W. Bush.

“Seeing to the security of our homeland and the public safety of our citizens is of the utmost importance, especially in light of the recent tragedies and divisions challenging our world,” Hutchinson said in a written statement.

“I trust that my experience as the first undersecretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will be a valuable contribution as I serve as chair of this committee,” the governor said. “I am eager to continue working with a team committed to influencing federal legislation, particularly laws that affect the security of our states and our nation.”

The committee handles issues such as homeland defense and security; criminal justice and public safety; and veterans affairs and the National Guard, according to the governor’s office.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown was appointed vice chairman of the committee. The committee’s other members are Hawaii Gov. David Ige, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Puerto Rico Gov. Alejandro Javier Garcia Padilla, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, according to the National Governors Association.

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Mapp: Another face in the crowd at the National Governor’s Association meeting. The governor, although he ran as an independent, has been caucusing with the Republicans nationally.

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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