Truscott Takes Last QuestionContact: John Truscott (517) 335-6397
Governor Engler today announced that John Truscott, the director of the
Governor's Communications Division and Press Secretary, will be leaving
the Executive Office to open his own consulting firm in Lansing, as well
as joining an Oakland County marketing, health-care consulting and
business development firm NuMarket Resources as a principal partner.
Truscott has served as press secretary since January of 1991, and as
director of communications and press secretary since January of 1995.
Truscott has also served as Communications Director for Governor-Elect
Engler's Transition Office and as Media Relations Director for the
Engler for Governor Campaign. He started with Engler on the campaign trail
in June of 1989.
"John was one of the first six people to join my campaign team
back in 1989. He's been with me since the beginning," said Engler.
"It's difficult for me to put into words how much I will miss his
dedication, his professionalism and his sound advice on media strategies.
John has seen and said it all, and has done an excellent job representing
my views and opinions on any number of subjects to the media. He will be
When Engler took office, Truscott was the youngest press secretary in
the country and now is the longest serving press secretary for any current
governor. He is considered the Dean of Communications Directors among the
As Director of Communications and Press Secretary for Governor Engler,
Mr. Truscott has served as the primary contact from the Governor's Office
to the media in Michigan and throughout the country. He was responsible
for answering media questions and also for developing communication
strategies for the Engler Administration. In addition, he wrote speeches,
press releases and other material for the Governor.
Most recently, he took part in the Bush/Cheney transition office as a
volunteer and was a member of the Bush/Cheney recount team in Florida.
Truscott began his political career as a senior in college with Senator
Doug Cruce (R-Troy) as a Staff Assistant in September of 1987. He then
moved to the House Republican Press Office as a Legislative Press/Video
Specialist where he hosted and produced cable television programs, and was
also assigned to do all the media related work for four legislators.
Truscott was also the statewide media director for Ballot Proposal B of
1988, which put crime victim's rights into the state constitution and
passed by the largest margin in Michigan history.
Truscott has also worked in the Oldsmobile Public Relations department,
Michigan State University's Physical Plant, Office of Business and
Personnel, and the Michigan Department of Education.
Truscott has served as a volunteer trainer on communications and media
issues in a new democracy to members of Parliament and staff in the
country of Ukraine. He is also a member of the Phi Kappa Phi National
Honor Society and the Golden Key National Honor Society. He has been a
speaker and panelist for many media and government-related conferences,
including the National Governor's Association and the State Bar of
Michigan. In addition, he is a volunteer for the March of Dimes, American
Red Cross, American Cancer Society, Chance at Childhood Foundation, Easter
Seals and Toys for Tots.
He is a 1988 graduate with Honor from Michigan State University's
Honors College, earning a Bachelor's degree in Communications and a
major in Political Science. He graduated Valedictorian from Lansing's
Sexton High School in 1984. Mr. Truscott resides in Lansing with his wife
Martha, who serves as Chair of the Michigan Women's Commission.
Mr. Truscott will leave the Executive Office in mid-March.