Gretchen Whitmer

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Gretchen Whitmer
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Ingham County Prosecutor
In office
July 2, 2016 – December 31, 2016
Preceded by Stuart Dunnings III
Succeeded by Carol Siemon
Member of the Michigan Senate
from the 23rd district
In office
March 21, 2006 – January 1, 2015
Preceded by Virg Bernero
Succeeded by Curtis Hertel Jr.
Minority Leader of the Michigan Senate
In office
January 12, 2011 – January 1, 2015
Deputy Steve Bieda
Preceded by Michael Prusi
Succeeded by Jim Ananich
Member of the Michigan House of Representatives
from the 69th district
In office
January 1, 2003 – March 16, 2006
Preceded by Michael Murphy
Succeeded by Mark Meadows
Member of the Michigan House of Representatives
from the 70th district
In office
January 1, 2001 – January 1, 2003
Preceded by Laura Baird
Succeeded by Judy Emmons
Personal details
Born Gretchen Esther Whitmer
(1971-08-23) August 23, 1971 (age 45)
Lansing, Michigan
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Marc Mallory[1]
Alma mater Michigan State University
(BA, JD)

Gretchen Esther 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.[2][3] On November 5, 2010, her Democratic colleagues chose Whitmer to be the Senate Democratic Leader. In May 2016, she was selected to serve as the Ingham County Prosecutor, to replace Stuart Dunnings III, who announced his intentions to resign effective July 2, 2016. On January 3, 2017, Whitmer announced her intentions to run for Governor of Michigan in 2018 as a Democrat, making her one of the first to announce.[4]

Early life and education[edit]

Whitmer was born in 1971 in Lansing, Michigan to two lawyers, Richard and Sherry Whitmer.[5] Richard served as head of the state's Department of Commerce under Governor William Milliken, and Sherry worked as an assistant attorney general under Attorney General Frank Kelley.[6] Raised primarily in nearby East Lansing, she graduated from Forest Hills Central High School just outside of Grand Rapids.[7] She received a BA in Communications from Michigan State University in 1993 and a JD from Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University in 1998.

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 served on the following committees: Government Operations (ranking Democrat), Judiciary, Health Policy, Agriculture, 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.

On November 5, 2010, her Democratic colleagues unanimously chose Whitmer to be the Senate Democratic Leader, making her the first woman to lead a party caucus in the Senate.[8]

It was announced on May 11, 2016, that the judges of Michigan's 30th Judicial Circuit Court had unanimously selected Whitmer to serve the remaining six months of the term of outgoing Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings III.[9] Dunnings was arrested March 14, 2016, and charged with 11 counts of involvement with a prostitute and four counts of willful neglect of duty.[10] In a letter dated March 29, 2016, Dunnings announced he would resign effective July 2.[11] Whitmer's term expired on December 31, 2016.

Whitmer was administered the oath of office as prosecutor by Ingham County Circuit Court Chief Judge Janelle Lawless in a ceremony on June 21, 2016, and said her top priorities in her six months would be to determine if any other officials in the prosecutor's office knew about Dunnings' alleged crimes and to change how the office handles domestic violence and sexual assault cases.[12]

Following taking office, Whitmer issued an 11-page report on July 22, 2016, on whether Dunnings alleged criminal activity affected cases handled by the office. The report concluded that employees "were never asked to compromise a case or look the other way" and that she had "...full confidence that any problem that had existed in this office, left with Mr. Dunnings."[13][14]

On January 3, 2017, Whitmer announced she would run in the 2018 Michigan Gubernatorial race.

Electoral history[edit]

Michigan State Senate District 23 Election, 2010
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Gretchen Whitmer (Incumbent) 49,974 64.0 -5.8
Republican Kyle Haubrich 28,127 36.0 +5.8
Majority 21,847 28.0 -11.6
Turnout 78,101 100 -15.4
Democratic hold Swing -5.8
Michigan State Senate District 23 Election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Gretchen Whitmer (Incumbent) 64,404 69.8 +16.4
Republican Frank Lambert 27,931 30.2 +16.4
Majority 36,473 39.5 +32.8
Turnout 92,335 100 +11.6
Democratic hold Swing +16.4

Personal life[edit]

Whitmer currently lives in East Lansing, MI. She and her husband Marc have five children.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Monday Profile: Gretchen Whitmer". Oakland Legal News. April 11, 2016. Retrieved December 25, 2016. 
  2. ^ Michigan Legislative Service Bureau (2006). Michigan Manual 2005-2006. Lansing: Legislative Council, State of Michigan. p. 129. ISBN 1-878210-06-8. Retrieved June 29, 2007. 
  3. ^ Michigan Senate Democrats (2007). "Michigan Senate Democrats: About Gretchen Whitmer". Archived from the original on February 5, 2007. Retrieved June 29, 2007. 
  4. ^ Whitmer, Gretchen (January 3, 2017). "I'm ready—are you?". Medium. Retrieved February 17, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Monday Profile: Gretchen Whitmer". LegalNews.com. Retrieved 2 March 2017. 
  6. ^ "Stateline Profile Gretchen Whitmer" (PDF). http://www.csgmidwest.org/. Retrieved 2 March 2017.  External link in |website= (help)
  7. ^ Mathews, Reena (17 January 2017). "FHC alumna Senator Gretchen Whitmer is running for Governor". The Central Trend. Retrieved 2 March 2017. 
  8. ^ "Stateline Profile Gretchen Whitmer" (PDF). http://www.csgmidwest.org/. Retrieved 2 March 2017.  External link in |website= (help)
  9. ^ Justin A. Hicks (May 11, 2016). "Whitmer chosen for interim Ingham County prosecutor". Lansing State Journal. 
  10. ^ Emily Lawler (March 14, 2016). "Ingham County Prosecutor allegedly engaged prostitutes 'hundreds of times'". MLive Media Group. Retrieved May 11, 2016. 
  11. ^ Benjamin Raven (March 29, 2016). "Stuart Dunnings informs Ingham County he is resigning as prosecutor". Jackson Citizen Patriot. Retrieved May 11, 2016. 
  12. ^ Matt Mencarini and Justin A. Hinkley (June 22, 2016). "Whitmer 'looking forward' to starting as prosecutor". Lansing State Journal. Retrieved July 6, 2016. 
  13. ^ Justin A. Hinkley (July 22, 2016). "Cases unaffected by Dunnings' alleged crimes, Whitmer says". Lansing State Journal. Retrieved August 5, 2016. 
  14. ^ Whitmer, Gretchen (July 22, 2016). "Report on the Status of the Ingham County Prosecutor's Office" (PDF). Ingham County Prosecutor's Office. Retrieved August 5, 2016. 

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