Wednesday, September 14, 2005

More info on New State Chief of Staff...

Rich Weiner has quit. The new chief of staff is John Burchett.

Check him out:

Before being named director of the D.C. office, Burchett served as deputy director of Governor Granholm's transition team. A Michigan native, Burchett has worked in Washington D.C. for the past 8 years, serving during that time as a White House Fellow, a special assistant to the Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, an assistant management officer for the D.C. Control Board, and a government management consultant, specializing in state and local government, business planning, and business process reengineering.

Before moving to Washington in 1997, Burchett served for three years as an assistant Wayne County corporation counsel where he specialized in real estate and economic development projects. He was heavily involved in the negotiations and development of both the new Tiger Stadium and Ford Field in downtown Detroit. Burchett also served as counsel for Little Caesars Enterprises and was an attorney at Honigman Miller Schwarz and Cohn.

Burchett earned his undergraduate degree from Notre Dame in 1984 and his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1987. He clerked for the Honorable Cornelia Kennedy on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
Another interesting note from
One item that didn't make it into the Guv's press release: in 1996, Burchett was the first openly gay delegate from Michigan at the Democratic National Convention.
(all via milib!)


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