Snyder Picks Dillon, Posthumus

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ANN ARBOR -- Republican Gov.-elect Rick Snyder announced Monday he has picked Democratic House Speaker Andy Dillon to be Michigan's next state treasurer and former Republican Lt. Gov. Dick Posthumus as a senior legislative adviser.
Dillon is the first Democrat whom Snyder has appointed since winning the governor's race last week. A lawmaker for six years, Dillon has been House speaker for the past four and ran for governor this year, losing the primary election to Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero.
It was not clear Monday whether Dillon would have to step down as House speaker for the final weeks of the 2009-10 legislative session.
Posthumus has retired from his position as CEO of Compatico Inc., an office furniture system manufacturing company in Grand Rapids.
Snyder said he isn't worried about political labels as he picks his administration.
"This is just a fabulous group coming together and we're going to continue on that path," Snyder said at a press conference announcing the appointments.
Dillon played an instrumental role in drafting the Michigan Business Tax, which Snyder now wants to replace with a 6 percent corporate income tax. Dillon said Monday that he looks forward to simplifying the state's business tax structure.
An attorney from Wayne County's Redford Township, Dillon was managing director of Wynnchurch Capital before winning a special House election in 2004.
Posthumus is a partner at Compatico Inc., an office furniture system manufacturing company in Grand Rapids. He has extensive legislative experience, having served in the state Senate from 1983-1998, including eight years as Senate majority leader, representing the Kent County community of Alto. A longtime farmer, he was Republican Gov. John Engler's lieutenant governor from 1999-2002 before losing to Democrat Jennifer Granholm in the 2002 governor's race.
Snyder has said he chose his lieutenant governor, state Rep. Brian Calley, in part for his legislative experience. But Calley, a former banker from Portland, has served in the House for only four years. Posthumus' deep knowledge of legislative rules will make him invaluable in his new role as adviser.


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  • by Greg Location: Holt on Nov 8, 2010 at 03:04 PM
    Nice group of political outsiders shaping up here. lol
  • by Jeff Location: Haslett on Nov 8, 2010 at 01:04 PM
    I will admit I did not vote for Snyder out of fear of his business tax changes and the impending budget gap next year. I am also very concerned and skeptical of the republican agenda regarding education. However, his independent tone is appealing. Even though I am no fan of Dillon, I am encouraged by this non-partisan move. I will withhold scepticism and see where this goes. Perhaps Snyder will be a new kind of non-partisan politician. I hope this holds true!
  • by Kelly Location: Lansing on Nov 8, 2010 at 12:03 PM
    Andy Dillon as Treasurer? Isn't that a little like hiring the fox to watch the hen house?
  • by James Location: Lansing on Nov 8, 2010 at 11:49 AM
    Based on the title of this article, I initially though he picked someone who was dead...
  • by LeAnn Location: Lansing on Nov 8, 2010 at 08:57 AM
    Does anyone else hear the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse yet? The sound is sure ringing strong and true in my ears already.
  • by Gene Location: East Lansing on Nov 8, 2010 at 06:36 AM
    And the bad news just keeps coming - it is more obvious by the day that Snyder is Engler redux. I had hoped that we would be rid of Dillon and all of the bad things he represents to/for working people and their dwindling resources - makes me wonder if he was a 'sleeper democrat' all along, ready to come out as a Republican when the time was right.
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