FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2013 file photo, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder presents his third state budget before the state Legislature in Lansing, Mich. Snyder is taking questions under oath as labor unions and other creditors in Detroit�s bankruptcy try to understand why he signed off on the largest public filing in U.S. history. Three months later, no assets have been divided and no major deals have been struck. In fact, a judge soon will hold a trial to determine if Detroit even is eligible to be in Bankruptcy Court to restructure at least $18 billion in long-term debt. Snyder�s answers during a three-hour deposition Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, can be turned into evidence at the trial. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has named a veteran of business and political public relations as his new communications director
Jarrod Agen began the job Tuesday. He most recently was vice president for marketing and communications for Empowered-U, a technology and education company based in Campbell in northern California.
The 36-year-old has managed communications for Republican gubernatorial and U.S. Senate candidates in California and Nevada. He also had communications jobs for the U.S. departments of Homeland Security and State and the Environmental Protection Agency.
Snyder says Agen is accustomed to "fast-paced environments" and can help tell the story of Michigan's "comeback." Snyder is up for re-election this year.
Agen replaces Jeff Holyfield, who moved to the Michigan Lottery in November.