Gretchen Whitmer

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Gretchen Whitmer
Whitmersmall.jpg
Member of the Michigan Senate
from the 23rd district
In office
March 21, 2006 – December 31, 2014
Preceded byVirg Bernero
Succeeded byCurtis Hertel Jr.
Minority Leader of the Michigan Senate
In office
January 12, 2011 – December 31, 2014
DeputySteve Bieda
Preceded byMichael Prusi
Succeeded byJim Ananich
Member of the Michigan House of Representatives
from the 69th district
In office
January 1, 2003 – March 16, 2006
Preceded byMichael Murphy
Succeeded byMark Meadows
Member of the Michigan House of Representatives
from the 70th district
In office
January 1, 2001 – December 31, 2002
Preceded byLaura Baird
Succeeded byJudy Emmons
Personal details
Born(1971-08-23) August 23, 1971 (age 43)
Lansing, Michigan
Political partyDemocratic
 
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Gretchen Whitmer
Whitmersmall.jpg
Member of the Michigan Senate
from the 23rd district
In office
March 21, 2006 – December 31, 2014
Preceded byVirg Bernero
Succeeded byCurtis Hertel Jr.
Minority Leader of the Michigan Senate
In office
January 12, 2011 – December 31, 2014
DeputySteve Bieda
Preceded byMichael Prusi
Succeeded byJim Ananich
Member of the Michigan House of Representatives
from the 69th district
In office
January 1, 2003 – March 16, 2006
Preceded byMichael Murphy
Succeeded byMark Meadows
Member of the Michigan House of Representatives
from the 70th district
In office
January 1, 2001 – December 31, 2002
Preceded byLaura Baird
Succeeded byJudy Emmons
Personal details
Born(1971-08-23) August 23, 1971 (age 43)
Lansing, Michigan
Political partyDemocratic

Gretchen Whitmer (born August 23, 1971) is a former Democratic member of the Michigan Senate and Senate Democratic Leader. She represented the 23rd District following a special election in March 2006 to replace Virg Bernero, who was elected mayor of Lansing the previous November. Whitmer was a member of the Michigan House of Representatives from 2000 to 2006.[1][2] On November 5, 2010, her Democratic colleagues chose Whitmer to be the Senate Democratic Leader.

Political career[edit]

Whitmer was first elected to the State Senate in March 2006 after serving as a member of the Michigan House of Representatives from 2000 to 2006. In the Senate she serves on the following committees: Government Operations (ranking Democrat), Legislative Council and the Senate Fiscal Agency Board of Governors. As a State Representative, Whitmer served for four years as the ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee. In October 2009 she filed paperwork to run for the position of Michigan Attorney General,[3] but she suspended her campaign in January 2010, citing family concerns.[4]

On November 5, 2010, her Democratic colleagues chose Whitmer to be the Senate Democratic Leader.

Electoral history[edit]

Michigan State Senate District 23 Election, 2010
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
DemocraticGretchen Whitmer (Incumbent)49,97464.0-5.8
RepublicanKyle Haubrich28,12736.0+5.8
Majority21,84728.0-11.6
Turnout78,101100-15.4
Democratic holdSwing-5.8
Michigan State Senate District 23 Election, 2006
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
DemocraticGretchen Whitmer (Incumbent)64,40469.8+16.4
RepublicanFrank Lambert27,93130.2+16.4
Majority36,47339.5+32.8
Turnout92,335100+11.6
Democratic holdSwing+16.4

References[edit]

  1. ^ Michigan Legislative Service Bureau (2006). Michigan Manual 2005-2006. Lansing, MI: Legislative Council, State of Michigan. p. 129. ISBN 1-878210-06-8. Retrieved 2007-06-29. 
  2. ^ Michigan Senate Democrats (2007). "Michigan Senate Democrats: About Gretchen Whitmer". Archived from the original on 2007-02-05. Retrieved 2007-06-29. 
  3. ^ Scott Davis (October 11, 2009). "Whitmer files papers to run for attorney general". Lansing State Journal. Retrieved 2010-01-11. 
  4. ^ Chris Christoff (January 20, 2010). "Sen. Whitmer to leave AG race". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved 2010-01-22. 

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