Detroit Mayor Duggan to emcee Snyder’s inauguration

Chad Livengood
Detroit News Lansing Bureau

Lansing — Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan will emcee Gov. Rick Snyder’s second inauguration on New Year’s Day, the governor’s office announced Tuesday.

Duggan’s center stage role is a testament to the close partnership the Democratic mayor has forged with the Republican governor.

Snyder’s privately funded inauguration committee is planning a day of celebration starting at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 1 at the Capitol and ending with an inaugural gala that evening at the Lansing Center convention hall. Pastor Lawrence Glass Jr. of El Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit will deliver the invocation, according to the governor’s office.

Construction crews this week began building the platform on the front steps of the Capitol where Snyder will take his oath of office for the second and final time as Michigan’s 48th governor. Voter-imposed constitutional term-limits prohibit governors from serving more than two four-year terms in office.

“Mayor Duggan has been a great partner in the effort to reinvent our state and the city of Detroit and I’m honored to have him emcee the upcoming inauguration,” Snyder said Tuesday in a statement.

During the recent election, Duggan campaigned for Snyder’s Democratic opponent, Mark Schauer. Duggan spent most of his first year in office working under a power-sharing arrangement with Snyder’s emergency manager, Kevyn Orr, who handed back full control of City Hall to the mayor earlier this month after Detroit emerged from bankruptcy.

In 2011, then-Detroit Mayor Dave Bing was the emcee for Snyder’s first inauguration. The governor’s 2010 post-election transition team announced that bipartisan pick on Dec. 23 as well.

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, Attorney General Bill Schuette, Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, members of the Michigan Supreme Court, Court of Appeals and statewide education boards also will take their oaths of office during the 90-minute inauguration ceremony.

Snyder, Calley, Schuette and Johnson are each expected to make speeches during the outdoor event.

“I would advise everyone to dress warm,” said Linda Gobler, chair of Snyder’s inauguration planning committee.

After the ceremony, Snyder, first lady Sue Snyder, Calley, and his wife, Julie, will greet members of the public from 1:30-3:30 p.m. inside the governor’s ceremony office on the second floor of the Capitol.

Monday is the deadline for the public to buy $150 per person tickets to the inaugural gala that begins at 7 p.m. on New Year’s Day, Gobler said.

“Black-tie is optional,” said Gobler, president and CEO of the Michigan Grocers Association.

There were 198 tickets remaining for sale Tuesday morning.

“When they’re gone, they’re gone,” Gobler said.

Tickets can be bought online at

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