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Biden reportedly taps former Michigan governor for Energy secretary

By: - December 15, 2020 7:21 pm

Jennifer Granholm after the first debate | Andrew Roth

Former Gov. Jennifer Granholm is reportedly President-elect Joe Biden’s choice for Energy secretary.

Granholm, who was Michigan’s first female governor and served two terms from 2003 to 2010, was last under consideration for the post and others during former President Barack Obama’s first term.

Her relationship with Biden goes back decades, as she was tapped to play the role of Sarah Palin, the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee, in the debate that year. Biden worked closely with Granholm during the auto bailout and aftermath in 2009.

Granholm endorsed Biden ahead of Michigan’s March 10 primary, which he won.

Jennifer Granholm endorses Joe Biden? You betcha.

Politico first reported the news on Tuesday. Granholm’s record as a champion for the auto industry is considered an asset during an expected push for electric vehicles. Since leaving office, she founded and for five years chaired the American Jobs Project, a 30-state multi-university research project focused on advanced manufacturing jobs in clean energy.

Biden has signaled with several appointments a commitment to tackling climate change, a marked reversal from President Trump’s administration.

Granholm is a senior political contributor for CNN and teaches policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. She is a senior research fellow at both the California Institute for Energy and Environment and the Berkeley Center for Information Technology Research in the Interests of Society (CITRIS).

Other contenders were former Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and DOE Undersecretary Arun Majumdar, Politico reported.

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