Alan Adams was the CEO of Colbert Group, a multinational headquartered in Illinois, before running as the Democrat candidate in the UCAS Presidential Election of 2048, with a Technocrat running mate, Thomas Steele. The Democrat-Technocrat alliance allowed the Democrat Party to seize the White House, as well as the Senate and House of Representative. Michigan in particular was a key-state in those elections.
Adams and Steele were reelected in 2052. But Alan Adams died of massive stroke on 21 January, the day after his second inauguration.