Which Michigan politicians could land in Trump administration?

Several Michiganders have been or are being considered for roles inside the Donald Trump administration as the President-elect prepares to take over the White House in January.

Included among the names are four Michiganders who are rumored or reported to be candidates of significant cabinet/administration roles, and two Michiganders who won't be a part of the administration when Trump is inaugurated in two months.

Here's a quick overview of those folks and an update on their standing.

Pete Hoekstra

Who: Former U.S. representative for Michigan's 2nd congressional district and former Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.

In consideration for: CIA Director.

The skinny: In Congress, Hoekstra was Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee so he has experience President-elect Donald Trump might consider valuable at the CIA. Hoekstra says he has had some conversations with the transition team, but not about specific positions. Hoekstra was an early supporter of Donald Trump. He was co-chair of the Trump campaign in Michigan. He says he currently works for a Washington think tank focused on terrorism and international and domestic threats.

Ronna Romney McDaniel

Who: Michigan GOP chair.

In consideration for: Republican National Committee chairwoman.

The skinny: "I'll be interested in whatever Mr. Trump wants," McDaniel told the Associated Press on Monday, adding that she was planning to seek the Michigan GOP chairmanship again. Appointing McDaniel, a Detroit native, to run the GOP's political arm could be an effort to help the party heal the anger after a campaign in which Trump demeaned women. McDaniel is a niece of 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney, also a Detroit native. She would be the first woman in decades to run the Republican National Committee. McDaniel is a Northville resident who attended Bloomfield Hills Lahser.

Betsy DeVos

Who: Republican activist, former Michigan GOP chair.

In consideration for: Secretary of education.

The skinny: DeVos, 58, the wife of Dick DeVos, is a strong supporter of charter schools and school choice. DeVos' background would be a fit for Trump's plans to boost school choice in the U.S., particularly for high-poverty students. DeVos, a Calvin College alum, is on the board of directors for the Great Lakes Education Project, which advocates for school choice and charter schools. She also chairs the board of directors of the American Federation for Children, another choice advocacy group. DeVos and her husband led a failed effort to amend the Michigan constitution to provide vouchers that would allow students to attend private schools at public expense. That's a centerpiece of Trump's education plan.

Mitt Romney

Who: 2012 Republican presidential nominee, former governor of Massachusetts.

In consideration for: A spot in Trump's cabinet, according to CNN.

The skinny: CNN reported today that Trump will meet this weekend with Romney, a Detroit native, to discuss "governing moving forward" and potentially a role in Trump's cabinet. The move comes as a bit of a shock to some, as Romney was one of Trump's fiercest critics during Trump's presidential campaign over the past year and had said that Trump should not be the GOP nominee for the presidency, saying "his promises are worthless."

Ben Carson (out)

Who: Neurosurgeon and former Republican presidential candidate.

Was in consideration for: Secretary of health and human services

The skinny: Carson, a Detroit native and University of Michigan alum, recently declined a role in the Trump administration, citing inexperience. Carson's close friend, Armstrong Williams, told The Hill: "Dr. Carson feels he has no government experience, he's never run a federal agency. The last thing he would want to do was take a position that could cripple the presidency." Carson was a Republican presidential candidate during the primaries.

Mike Rogers (out)

Who:  Former U.S. representative for Michigan's 8th congresisonal district, CNN national security commentator.

Former position: National security adviser on Trump transition team led by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

The skinny: Rogers, a 53-year-old Livingston County native, relinquished his role in the Trump campaign earlier this week. Rogers was brought into the transition team when it was led by Christie. But Trump bumped Christie last week in favor of Pence. Several publications, including the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal, were reporting that transition team members close to Christie, like Rogers, also were leaving. “My team and I are pleased to hand off our work to my friend and former colleague, Vice President-elect Mike Pence, Executive Director Rick Dearborn, the Trump family, and the stellar new leadership team,”  Rogers said in a statement Tuesday.

Detroit Free Press


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