William G. Milliken, Michigan’s longest serving governor, turns 95 on March 26. His career as a Republican championing the environment is a sharp rebuke of the Trump Administration’s vicious attack on Great Lakes protection.
Unsurprisingly, Milliken’s local Republican party has essentially excommunicated him. But the right wing of the Republican Party never appreciated Milliken’s pragmatism — he was always willing to cut deals if the public benefited — or his values on equal rights for women, supporting Detroit, and of course the environment.
The scoreboard reads 95 years of environmental stewardship for Milliken, 0 dollars of Great Lakes restoration from Trump.