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Whitmer shakes up staff, cabinet heading into 2nd term

A sweeping shakeup was announced today (FRI) in Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s cabinet and senior staff.

Seven state departments and agencies will have new leadership heading into Whitmer’s second term. Their purview includes environmental regulation, state parks, hunting and fishing, agriculture, energy policy, transportation, veterans affairs and enforcing marijuana rules.

In a statement, Whitmer praised her first-term staff and cabinet. She also said, “With a new term, comes new opportunities and challenges.”

Some of these positions will require state Senate approval. But that shouldn’t be a problem as the Legislature next year will be controlled by Democrats.

The governor will also have a new chief of staff and legal counsel.

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