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Former Michigan Governor To Co-Chair Clinton's Transition Team

Aug 17, 2016

Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm
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Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm will have a key role in Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s potential move into the White House.  The Clinton campaign announced Tuesday that Granholm is a co-chair on Clinton’s transition team.


Much like the old saying about raising a child, it takes a village to transition a person from candidate to president. It’s a process that starts long before a winner is even announced.  Calling itself the Clinton-Kaine Transition Project, the team is made up of Clinton supporters and policy advisers, including three other co-chairs and former U.S. Senator of Colorado Ken Salazar as team leader. 

A federal law allows both major presidential candidates to start the transition process before the winner is decided in November.  The candidates get access to offices in Washington, and other resources as they plan their potential administration and move to the White House.

Governor Granholm has been a staunch Clinton supporter since Clinton’s first bid for presidency in 2008.  Her social media profiles include pictures of her standing with Clinton, and she is a senior adviser of Correct the Record, a Clinton supporting Super PAC.  She also had a featured appearance at the Democratic National Convention in July. 

Granholm’s key role in the transition team could be an indication that there is a spot for her in a Clinton administration. 

Republican nominee Donald Trump announced New Jersey Governor Chris Christie as leader of his transition team in May, but has yet to make any other official announcements regarding his transition team. 

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—Cheyna Roth is a reporter for the Michigan Public Radio network.  Contact WEMU News at 734.487.3363 or email us at studio@wemu.org