LANSING, Mich. (WOOD) — Gov. Rick Snyder says the pick of at least two Michigan GOP fixtures to be in the Trump administration is good for the state.

Snyder, a Republican, was not engaged in President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign, instead focusing on races for seats in the state House of Representatives, where his party maintained its majority.

When asked Monday how he would work with the nation’s new chief executive, he replied, “Hopefully well.”

“The way I view it is regardless of who won, I want a great relationship with Washington, with the president, and I think it is going to be exciting with Donald Trump. You can see that already,” he told 24 Hour News 8 during an interview at his Lansing office.

Part of what Snyder might be excited about is that two major positions will be filled with people from Michigan. Trump picked West Michigan’s Betsy DeVos as his education secretary and Ronna Romney McDaniel, currently the chair of the Michigan GOP, is expected to take over as head of the Republican National Committee.

“I view those all as great positives. The more Michiganders going to Washington to help, the better,” Snyder said. “Hopefully they can take some of the Michigan lessons learned because we’ve been an innovator, we’ve been reinventing government here in Michigan, and those can help the federal government, and it’s a great way to promote Michigan.”

In the end, Snyder knows he, as governor, will have to create a relationship with whomever is in the White House. He sees it as part of the job.

“We want to build good ties because the last thing the citizens of Michigan want to see is me spending time fighting with another level of government,” Snyder said.

Below, watch 24 Hour News 8 Political Reporter Rick Albin’s complete interview with Gov. Snyder.