AG Schuette to head Romney team in Mich.

Jessica M. Karmasek Jun. 24, 2011, 10:24am

Bill Schuette

DETROIT (Legal Newsline) -- Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney announced this week that Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette will lead his team of supporters in the Great Lakes State.

Schuette was named Romney's statewide chairman, according to a news release from Romney's campaign.

"I am happy to have earned the support of so many officials in Michigan," Romney said in a statement Wednesday. "Michigan needs jobs, and President Obama's policies have failed to deliver them. These officials will help me during my campaign to promote job creation and improve the Michigan economy."

Schuette, who was elected attorney general in 2010, has served Michigan since he was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1984.

Following an appointment to Gov. John Engler's cabinet, Schuette served for eight years in the Michigan Senate. In 2002, he was elected to serve on the Michigan Court of Appeals. He served six years on the court.

"America needs a new president and Michigan, more than any other state, needs jobs, jobs, jobs," Schuette said in a statement.

"Mitt Romney is a bold leader with solid conservative credentials who can get our state and our country back on the right track. Mitt Romney knows that in order to revive our economy and restore the American Dream, we need lower taxes and more jobs; less spending and more paychecks; limited government and more freedom," he said.

Romney is among the many Republicans who have announced they are running or are considering a run for the Republican nomination.

Some of the others looking to run against President Barack Obama in 2012 include U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr., former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania.

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