Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has been named vice chair of the National Governors Association Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee.
Hutchinson's office announced the selection on Saturday.
The Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee handles issues dealing with homeland security; the National Guard and homeland defense; criminal justice and public safety and veterans affairs.
Committee members are responsible for ensuring that governors' views are represented in shaping federal policy.
Hutchinson says the recent shootings in South Carolina, Tennessee and Louisiana "serve as a sober reminder" that securing the homeland and ensuring citizens' public safety is the most important thing elected officials do.