Some popular governors of the state of Michigan include Jennifer M. Granholm (2003-2010) and William G. Milliken (1969-1982). They were among the longest-serving Michigan governors. Both Granholm and Milliken were praised for their environmental policies, with Milliken drawing support from across party lines.
Specifically, approving of his environmental policies, Democrats and Independents voted for the Republican Milliken in 1978. Milliken's enduring popularity among Michigan voters was further illustrated in 2011 when he publicly came out in support of another popular governor, Rick Snyder. According to Inside Michigan Politics publisher Bill Ballenger, this approval was decisive in Snyder's 2011 electoral victory to become governor.
Granholm's popularity also crossed party lines. She united Republicans and Democrats during her time as governor behind environmental policies that established Michigan as a leader in clean energy. One of her greatest achievements as a leader was the creation of over 89,000 jobs in the clean energy sector, as well as investments of $9.4 billion. She is also remembered for her efforts in diversifying and strengthening the state's economy. Following her tenure as the 47th governor of Michigan, she worked as the host of Current TV's "The War Room with Jennifer Granholm" and co-wrote the political bestseller "A Governor's Story: The Fight for Jobs and America's Economic Future."
Another popular Michigan governor was G. Mennen "Soapy" Williams, who gained prominence in 1948 after unexpectedly ousting the previous governor, Kim Sigler. He is remembered for his principled and bold approach to politics.