LANSING, Mich. (WLUC) - Gov. Rick Snyder issued the following statement after Gretchen Whitmer was elected as Michigan’s next governor:
“Sue and I congratulate governor-elect Whitmer and her family as they celebrate this moment in Michigan’s history,” Gov. Rick Snyder said. “Michigan’s future has never been brighter. We have the momentum to continue on this path forward to make our state an even better place to live, work, and play for generations to come.
“When I became governor eight years ago, Michigan needed more than just politics as usual—we needed a reinvention. I became governor because I wanted to help put the state that I love on a path toward a better tomorrow. I wanted to create an environment where my kids could stay to learn, work, and raise their own families—right here in Michigan.
“We must never turn back to the Lost Decade. Michigan’s reinvention is undeniable, and it has reached every region of our state. Our unemployment rate is at record lows. The private sector has created more than half a million new jobs. Companies around the globe are choosing to invest and grow in our state. Michigan is firmly positioned as a global leader in the newest wave of mobility and autonomous vehicle technology. But we cannot become content or complacent. We must keep our foot on the gas, because our future depends on it.
“I look forward to working with governor-elect Whitmer and her team to ensure a smooth transition into the Executive Office. My team is committed to doing everything we can to help position this new administration to hit the ground running and continue serving Michiganders.
“Governor-elect Whitmer’s success means Michigan’s success. I urge all Michiganders to join me in committing to a spirit of civility, unity, collaboration, and teamwork to ensure Michigan continues on the right path toward our promising future.”