State Rep. Shane Hernandez, who has been named the next Appropriations Chair by Speaker-Elect Chatfield, today announced the addition of Phil Browne to his office staff. Hernandez, who will become the first Hispanic Appropriations Chair in Michigan history, has stressed the importance of chemistry when explaining the addition of Mr. Browne. “It’s not just because Phil has impeccable credentials,” Hernandez said. “Phil understands my personality and passion for protecting Michigan taxpayers. He fits in well with our existing team and is going to be a great addition to the office.” Phil Browne is a longtime Republican staff member in the Michigan House of Representatives and has worked for numerous legislators serving in many roles, most notably as Deputy Chief of Staff to Michigan Speaker Jase Bolger. Currently serving as Director of Governmental Affairs for the Michigan Department of Transportation, Browne will join Rep. Hernandez’ existing team of Randy Wood and Jeff Phillips.