Gretchen Whitmer

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Gretchen Whitmer
Whitmersmall.jpg
Member of the Michigan Senate
from the 23rd district
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 1, 2006
Preceded byVirg Bernero
Personal details
Born(1971-08-23) August 23, 1971 (age 41)
Lansing, Michigan
Political partyDemocratic
ProfessionAttorney
ReligionChristianity
 
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Gretchen Whitmer
Whitmersmall.jpg
Member of the Michigan Senate
from the 23rd district
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 1, 2006
Preceded byVirg Bernero
Personal details
Born(1971-08-23) August 23, 1971 (age 41)
Lansing, Michigan
Political partyDemocratic
ProfessionAttorney
ReligionChristianity

Gretchen Whitmer (born August 23, 1971) is a Democratic member of the Michigan Senate and Senate Democratic Leader. She has represented the 23rd District since a special election in March 2006 to replace Virg Bernero, who was elected Mayor of Lansing the previous November. Previously, 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.

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Career

Senator Whitmer was born in Lansing and has spent most of her life in East Lansing. She completed internships with the Office of Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings, III, the Honorable Anna Diggs Taylor, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, and the AFL-CIO.

Whitmer earned a BA degree in Communications and her law degree, magna cum laude, from Michigan State University.

Prior to her election to the Michigan House of Representatives, Whitmer was a corporate litigator specializing in administrative and regulatory law with the firm Dickinson Wright in Lansing, Michigan. She practiced administrative law before the Ingham County Circuit Court and the Michigan Public Service Commission.

Political career

State Senator Gretchen Whitmer was first elected to the State Senate in March 2006. Previously she served 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 as the Ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee for four years. Whitmer filed paperwork in October 2009 to run for the position of Michigan Attorney General.[3] However, she suspended her campaign for Michigan Attorney General in January 2010 after only four months, citing family concerns.[4]

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

Memberships

Electoral history

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

  1. ^ Michigan Manual 2005-2006. Lansing, MI: Legislative Council, State of Michigan. 2006. p. 129. ISBN 1-878210-06-8. Retrieved 2007-06-29. 
  2. ^ "Michigan Senate Democrats: About Gretchen Whitmer". 2007. 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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Political offices
Preceded by
Michael Prusi
Michigan Senate Minority Leader
2011
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Michigan Senate
Preceded by
Virg Bernero
State Senator from Michigan's 23rd State Senate District
2006–Present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Michigan State House of Representatives
Preceded by
Michael Murphy
State Representatives from Michigan's 69th State House District
2003–2006
Succeeded by
Mark Meadows
Preceded by
Laura Baird
State Representatives from Michigan's 70th State House District
2001–2003
Succeeded by
Judy Emmons