The Michigan Republican Party chairman announced Thursday that Colleen Pero has been hired as chief of staff for the party.

“Colleen will be an invaluable asset to the Michigan Republican Party and will help lead our team to victory in 2018,” said Ron Weiser. “Colleen’s political, government and campaign experience coupled with her commitment to our party make her an exceptional choice to lead our team.”

Pero’s Republican Party credentials span decades. She has worked as national deputy political director for Lamar Alexander during his presidential bid, as executive director for the Michigan Bush-Quayle campaign and in senior positions under Michigan Gov. John Engler and in the Michigan Senate. She began her political work with the House Republican Campaign committee.

Pero, an attorney, also is the former chair of the State Board of Canvassers, where she recently proposed the conditional suspension of a recount of the Nov. 8 presidential election sparked by Green Party candidate Jill Stein.

She also was the deputy director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights.

“I am honored to come home to the MIGOP to work with an outstanding Chairman and first-rate team,” Pero said in a statement released by the Michigan Republic Party. “We are going to build on the tremendous success of 2016 and make sure that our Republican candidates have the infrastructure and resources to be equally successful in 2018.”

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