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House Republican Policy Director John Roberts to join Snyder administration

Tuesday, June 14, 2011 

Contact: Sara Wurfel
Office: 517-335-6397

LANSING, Mich. - House Republican Policy Director John Roberts will serve in the Snyder administration as the governor's deputy director of strategy.

Roberts starts July 11.  He will replace Phil Jeffery, who is moving to a new role as chief deputy director for the Department of Technology, Management and Budget.   

"This administration has been moving in dog years and I don't have any plans to let up.  With John Roberts in the strategic policy office, we are going to keep rolling out the data-driven reforms needed to fix our economy and reinvent Michigan," the governor said.

In his role with the Michigan House of Representatives, Roberts oversaw the office responsible for analyzing legislation, developing policy and providing lawmakers information needed to keep them abreast of current policy issues. 

Roberts previously served as special assistant to the president for intergovernmental affairs at the White House.  In that role, he served as the principal federal liaison to state legislators across the nation and other government officials, ensuring state priorities were incorporated into White House policy discussions. 

Prior to that, Roberts served as the administration's liaison to the nation's statewide office holders.  He has also served in the federal Office of Management and Budget and began his White House career planning logistics for presidential travel, both domestic and international.
Roberts received both his bachelor's degree in economics and his master's degree in business administration from Michigan State University.