The Honorable James J. Blanchard

Governor of Michigan (1983–1991); Meridian Chair Emeritus; Government Global Practices Group, DLA Piper

2012_James_Blanchard[1]Governor James Blanchard joined DLA Piper upon the conclusion of his duties as U.S. Ambassador to Canada in April 1996. In recognition of his outstanding performance as Ambassador, Secretary of State Warren Christopher presented Governor Blanchard with the Foreign Affairs Award for Public Service, making him one of only a handful of ambassadors to receive this prestigious award. He was named Ambassador to Canada in May 1993, after serving two terms as governor of Michigan and four terms as a member of the U.S. Congress. In 1992, he chaired President Bill Clinton’s successful campaign in Michigan. Governor Blanchard is also former chairman of the Democratic Governors Association and the National Democratic Platform Committee, as well as a former member of the National Governors Association’s executive committee. Newsweek credited Governor Blanchard with leading “one of the most dramatic economic turnabouts in the recent history of state government,” and national publications such as US News and World Report listed him among the best governors in America, one of the innovators and energizers who made things work in an era of declining federal aid.