WASHINGTON D.C. — As first reported by Politico, former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm has been picked by President-elect Joe Biden to run the Energy Department.
The department plays a key role in helping develop the technologies needed to fulfill Biden's pledge to move the country off fossil fuels.
Granholm served two terms as Michigan's Governor and is experienced in dealing with the auto industry, which could be an advantage as the President-elect seeks to speed up the roll out of electric vehicles and the network of charging stations used to power them.
If confirmed, Granholm would be the second woman to lead the department since its creation in 1977.
"She really worked very hard in 2016 to place herself as Energy secretary with the Clinton team," said Skip Pruss, the director of the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor, and Economic Growth under Granholm. "She’s really a student of the [energy] transition. If you were to ask me what was a limitation in Michigan, I would say that she was slightly ahead of her time."