Snyder Announces Two New Appointees to Administration

By: Jamie Edmonds Email
By: Jamie Edmonds Email

Governor-Elect Rick Snyder is calling them the newest additions to his 'A-team.'

First, John Engler's Lt. Governor -- Dick Posthumus -- has been named Snyder's special adviser.

"He was the longest-serving Senate majority leader before he served as Lt. Governor," Snyder said.

His job will be to use his extensive legislative experience to help turn Snyder's vision into public policy.

"Coming from the outside, things are different, and trying to accomplish things in Lansing-mode is a little different than the private sector," Posthumus said.

Secondly, Snyder named House Speaker Andy Dillon the new state treasurer.

"Andy brings tremendous experience to the table," Snyder said.

Dillon is a democrat and actually helped pass the Michigan Business Tax -- the very one Snyder has vowed to eliminate -- but the Governor-elect said bringing new ideas is key, no matter which side of the aisle they come from.

"At first I didn't think this position was right for me, but I am very impressed with the Governor-elect's vision for the state, we need fundamental change in Michigan," Dillon said.

Both men have private sector experience -- just like Snyder -- and they all seem to agree on a down to business approach moving forward.

"How do you bring the best of both worlds together? Again focus on merit," Snyder said. "These are outstanding individuals who I'm excited to work with and get a good running start, because we need one."

Expect more announcements from the Governor-elect, he said on a weekly basis as he continues with this transition.

Dillon said he will meet with his caucus Tuesday to see if he can continue as the House Speaker in the final weeks of his term in office.


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