Republican Governor-Elect Rick Snyder has hired one of the state's top Democrats to serve in his administration. He named House Speaker Andy Dillon as the next state Treasurer.
Dillon ran for governor in the Democratic Primary, and lost to Virg Bernero.
Rick Snyder says he has received only positive feedback from other Republicans about hiring Dillon.
"Having a great treasurer is critical," Snyder says. "And that's where I was very excited about Speaker Dillon's background in terms of his legislative experience, but also his private-sector experience in terms of being a successful private-equity person with great turn-around experience.
"That is a skill-set that we're going to need."
Dillon recognizes he is partly responsible for a messy few years in budget negotiations at the state Capitol.
"I was part of a dysfunctional system, yes," he says. "But I was the one always pushing to reinvent the way we do state government. So I kind of am excited for the opportunity to work with people who are a little more aggressive on change in Mich-in Lansing."
Dillon says he is not sure if he will step down as House Speaker for the balance of the year.
Snyder also hired former Lieutenant Governor and Republican state Senate Majority Leader Dick Posthumus as his senior advisor in legislative manners.