On March 26, former Gov. William G. Milliken of Michigan turned 94. It’s an appropriate time to look back on the tenure of Michigan’s longest-serving governor (1969 to 1982).
I had the pleasure of authoring a biography of Gov. Milliken, published in 2006. His photo should sit beside the word “gentleman” in the dictionary. That characteristic, his moderation and his core principles made him not only a great governor, but a green governor. He championed conservation effectively and put Michigan at or near the lead among states in protecting natural resources.
He is clearly the environmental best among all Michigan governors. In this piece for Bridge magazine, I summarized the facts that make it so.