Advance Notice: Briefs

Pence added as speaker at Michigan Republican confab

By: - September 4, 2019 11:42 am

Vice President Mike Pence steps off of Marine Two in Michigan, April 24, 2019 | Official White House Photo by D. Myles Cullen via Flickr Public Domain

Vice President Mike Pence will return to Michigan later this month. 

The Michigan Republican Party announced on Wednesday that Pence has been added to the list of guest speakers for the party’s biennial Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference, held at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. 

Pence joins U.S. Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) and fellow member of the President Trump administration, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, as confirmed speakers at the event.

Pence’s confirmed attendance “is a tremendous honor,” said Laura Cox, chair of the state GOP. 

“[Pence’s attendance] shows the Trump administration’s commitment to our state,” Cox said in a statement. “Michiganders are thankful for President Trump’s ‘America First’ agenda and the prosperity it has brought back to our state. Michigan Republicans look forward to hosting the Vice President and hearing the administration’s vision for the future of our nation.” 

Pence was also in Michigan last month, speaking to the Detroit Economic Club, where he attempted to downplay growing concerns about a slowing economy. 

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Nick Manes
Nick Manes

Nick Manes is a former Michigan Advance reporter, covering West Michigan, business and labor, health care and the safety net. He previously spent six years as a reporter at MiBiz covering commercial real estate, economic development and all manner of public policy at the local and state levels.