Whitmer’s picks for key offices start Advice and Consent hearings in good shape

Feb 8, 2019

Michigan Senator Peter Lucido

Several of Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s picks for major departments likely won’t be ousted by the state Senate. The Senate can choose to reject those appointees.

       The Senate Advice and Consent committee began hearings this week on some of Whitmer’s picks.

The committee heard from Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s appointees to lead departments like the Michigan State Police and state Treasury.

       Republican Senator Peter Lucido chairs the committee that held the hearings this week.

“I think the ones that we’ve already done – not those ones that are coming – but those that were done clearly have the ability to do the job which they’re charged with.”

       Lucido says he’ll likely hear from the new director of the Department of Health and Human Services next week.

       And Lucido says although these picks are in good shape, the process isn’t over. The Senate has 60 days to oust each of Whitmer’s picks. And Lucido says each person’s hearings remain open.