The Michigan Republican Party announced Monday that it will host U.S. Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) at its biennial conference on Mackinac Island in September.
Crenshaw, a House freshman representing parts of Houston and its suburbs, was quickly tagged as a “rising star” in the Republican party after his election in 2018, frequently appearing in both conservative and mainstream media outlets. Crenshaw served as a Navy SEAL in Afghanistan before retiring in 2016 from military service.
Michigan GOP Chair Laura Cox tweeted her approval, saying, “Using his experience in the military as a guiding star in Congress, Crenshaw embodies the leadership we need in our lawmakers.”
While @DanCrenshawTX no longer fights on the battlefield, he fights for the American people every day in Washington.
He is a rising star in the GOP, and is no stranger to selflessly serving our country. pic.twitter.com/alaxsReFxd
— Laura Cox (@MIGOPChair) July 15, 2019
A Michigan GOP spokesperson said that although Crenshaw is the first and, so far, only speaker to be publicly confirmed, more will be announced in weeks to come.
The event will be held from September 20 to 22 at Mackinac Island’s Grand Hotel. Past speakers have included former Michigan Govs. Rick Snyder and John Engler, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, former Ohio Gov. John Kasich, and current Secretary of Education Betsy Devos.
Former Michigan Attorney General and 2018 gubernatorial candidate Bill Schuette hinted in June that he may use the conference to make an announcement about his political future.