Former Michigan Governor, Jennifer Granholm will be the next U.S. Secretary for Energy under the Biden administration. President-elect Joe Biden made the official nomination on Thursday Dec. 17 and with it, said he would also appoint former EPA head Gina McCarthy as his national climate adviser.
Granholm served as Attorney General of Michigan from 1999 to 2003 and the 47th governor of Michigan from 2003 to 2011. Since her time in office, she has taught public policy at the University of California, Berkeley, where 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. Additionally, she has worked as CNN political contributor since 2017.
Last month, Politico reported that Granholm had used a Nov. 7 op-ed focused on investing in a “low-carbon economy” to promote herself for the Department of Energy position.
“The economics are clear: The time for a low-carbon recovery is now,” Granholm wrote in her op-ed published by The Detroit News. “Michigan is looking to its policymakers to support clean job growth and rebuild our state economy in a way that leaves no one behind. The health and well-being of our people, business community, state economy and future depends on it.”
In response to the announcement from Biden, Granholm tweeted, "I’m honored that President-elect Joe Biden has placed his faith in me as his Energy Secretary nominee. We have an opportunity to build back better while creating millions of jobs — we can do it!".
Her nomination will require confirmation by the Senate