How important is Michigan to the 2020 presidential election? Very by the looks of it, as Governor Gretchen Whitmer has been tapped to deliver the Democratic response to President Trump’s State of the Union address on February 4. U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says Whitmer’s “decades of hard work on behalf of the people should serve as a model for our nation.” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer praised the governor’s “vision for the future” as “exactly what this country needs, and I’m thrilled she is giving the Democratic response.” Interestingly enough, Republicans in Michigan will not be giving a response next Wednesday night to her State of the State speech, instead opting for a press conference the next day. Trump won in Michigan in 2016, becoming the first Republican candidate to do so since Vice President George H.W. Bush in 1988.