Gov. John Bel Edwards to attend National Governor’s Association conference _lowres

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS --Gov. John Bel Edwards, center, and his wife Donna, shake hands as he enters the House Chamber to address a Joint Sesson Sunday at the start of a Special Legislative Session.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards is planning to attend the National Governors Association’s winter conference in Washington, D.C., this weekend.

The conference will be the first meeting of the bi-partisan governors group for Democrat Edwards, who was sworn into office on Jan. 11.

According to the NGA, the weekend’s events will include panel discussions with federal officials and business leaders. One of the topics that will be covered is the nation’s opioid epidemic.

Governors will also meet with President Barack Obama on Monday to discuss priorities. Edwards is expected to be there for that meeting.

Former Gov. Bobby Jindal made national headlines during the NGA’s winter meeting two years ago when he abruptly took the mic during a bi-partisian news conference outside the White House to criticize President Barack Obama. Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy shot back at Jindal at the same news conference, calling his remarks “the most insane statement I’ve ever heard.”