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.