Gretchen Whitmer

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Gretchen Whitmer
Gretchen Whitmer 2011.jpg
Prosecutor of Ingham County
In office
July 2, 2016 – December 31, 2016
Preceded by Stuart Dunnings III
Succeeded by Carol Siemon
Minority Leader of the Michigan Senate
In office
January 12, 2011 – January 1, 2015
Deputy Steve Bieda
Preceded by Mike Prusi
Succeeded by Jim Ananich
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.
Member of the Michigan House of Representatives
In office
January 1, 2001 – March 16, 2006
Preceded by Laura Baird
Succeeded by Mark Meadows
Constituency 70th district (2001–03)
69th district (2003–06)
Personal details
Born Gretchen Esther Whitmer
(1971-08-23) August 23, 1971 (age 46)
Lansing, Michigan, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s)

First husband: divorced

Second husband: Marc Mallory (m. 2011)
Children 5 (2 biological children, 3 stepchildren)
Education Michigan State University (BA, JD)

Gretchen Esther Whitmer (born August 23, 1971) is an American politician who is the Democratic nominee for Governor of Michigan in the 2018 gubernatorial election[1], and a former Democratic member of the Michigan Senate and Senate Democratic Leader. 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 as Democratic Leader. On January 3, 2017, Whitmer announced her intention to run for governor, making her among the first to announce.[4] On August 7, 2018, she became the Democratic nominee in the 2018 gubernatorial election.

Early life and education[edit]

Whitmer was born in 1971 in Lansing, Michigan, as the eldest of three children to Richard and Sherry Whitmer, who were both lawyers.[5] Her father served as head of the state's Department of Commerce under Governor William Milliken and was the president and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan between 1988 and 2006.[6] Whitmer's mother worked as an assistant attorney general under Attorney General Frank Kelley.[7] Her parents divorced when she was 10 years old, and she and her siblings lived with their mother in Grand Rapids. Her father traveled from his home in Detroit to visit the family at least once a week.[8] Raised primarily in nearby East Lansing, she graduated from Forest Hills Central High School, just outside Grand Rapids.[9] 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 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.[7]

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.[10] Dunnings was arrested on March 14, 2016, and charged with 11 counts of involvement with a prostitute and four counts of willful neglect of duty.[11] In a letter dated March 29, 2016, he announced he would resign effective July 2.[12] 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's alleged crimes and to change how the office handles domestic violence and sexual assault cases.[13]

On July 22, 2016, Whitmer issued an 11-page report on whether Dunnings's 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."[14][15]

Statewide political aspirations[edit]

Whitmer has long been considered a candidate for statewide office. In October 2009 she filed paperwork to run for the position of Michigan Attorney General,[16] to succeed term-limited incumbent Republican Mike Cox, but she suspended her campaign in January 2010, citing family concerns, and was instead reelected to the State Senate in November 2010.[17]

In 2013, facing being term-limited from the Michigan Senate, Whitmer was considered a top contender for the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican incumbent Governor Rick Snyder. In January 2013, Whitmer announced she would not run for governor.[18]

2018 Michigan gubernatorial election[edit]

On January 3, 2017, Whitmer announced she would run in the 2018 Michigan gubernatorial race.[19]

In July 2018, Whitmer called for the abolishment of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE).[20]

On August 7, 2018, Whitmer became the Democratic nominee for governor of Michigan.[21] She won all 83 counties in the state,[22] a first for a Democratic primary victor.

Electoral history[edit]

Michigan House of Representatives District 70 Democratic Primary, 2000[23]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Gretchen Whitmer 2,434 47.4 N/A
Democratic Mary Lindemann 2,152 41.9 N/A
Democratic John Schlinker 284 5.5 N/A
Democratic Robert McCann 263 5.1 N/A
Majority 281 5.5 N/A
Michigan House of Representatives District 70 Election, 2000[24]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Gretchen Whitmer 17,409 56.6 -0.1
Republican Bill Hollister 13,355 43.4 +3.6
Majority 4,054 13.2 -3.7
Turnout 30,764 +21.5
Democratic hold Swing
Michigan House of Representatives District 69 Election, 2002[25]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Gretchen Whitmer 18,002 62.5 -5.9
Republican Larry Ward 10,783 37.5 +5.9
Majority 7,219 25.0 -10.8
Turnout 28,785 +12.9
Democratic hold Swing
Michigan House of Representatives District 69 Election, 2004[26]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Gretchen Whitmer (I) 26,828 65.7 +3.2
Republican Angela Lindsay 14,307 34.3 -3.2
Majority 12,521 31.4 +6.4
Turnout 40,865 +42.0
Democratic hold Swing
Michigan 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
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

Personal life[edit]

Whitmer has two children with her first husband. They divorced, and in 2011 she married Marc Mallory, who has three children from a previous relationship.[27][28] Whitmer and Mallory live in East Lansing, Michigan with her two daughters, Sherry and Sydney, who attend East Lansing High School, and his three sons, Alex, Mason, and Winston.[29][30]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Marans, Daniel (2018-08-08). "Gretchen Whitmer Wins Democratic Nomination For Governor Of Michigan". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2018-08-09. 
  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. ^ "Blue Cross takes punches in governor's race". Crain's Detroit Business. 8 July 2018. Retrieved 11 July 2018. 
  7. ^ a b "Stateline Profile Gretchen Whitmer" (PDF). csgmidwest.org/. Retrieved 2 March 2017. 
  8. ^ "Gretchen Whitmer's perplexing problem in race for Michigan governor". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved 2018-08-10. 
  9. ^ Mathews, Reena (17 January 2017). "FHC alumna Senator Gretchen Whitmer is running for Governor". The Central Trend. Retrieved 2 March 2017. 
  10. ^ Justin A. Hicks (May 11, 2016). "Whitmer chosen for interim Ingham County prosecutor". Lansing State Journal. 
  11. ^ Emily Lawler (March 14, 2016). "Ingham County Prosecutor allegedly engaged prostitutes 'hundreds of times'". MLive Media Group. Retrieved May 11, 2016. 
  12. ^ Benjamin Raven (March 29, 2016). "Stuart Dunnings informs Ingham County he is resigning as prosecutor". Jackson Citizen Patriot. Retrieved May 11, 2016. 
  13. ^ Matt Mencarini and Justin A. Hinkley (June 22, 2016). "Whitmer 'looking forward' to starting as prosecutor". Lansing State Journal. Retrieved July 6, 2016. 
  14. ^ Justin A. Hinkley (July 22, 2016). "Cases unaffected by Dunnings' alleged crimes, Whitmer says". Lansing State Journal. Retrieved August 5, 2016. 
  15. ^ 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. 
  16. ^ Scott Davis (October 11, 2009). "Whitmer files papers to run for attorney general". Lansing State Journal. Retrieved 2010-01-11. 
  17. ^ Chris Christoff (January 20, 2010). "Sen. Whitmer to leave AG race". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved 2010-01-22. 
  18. ^ Jonathan Oosting (January 30, 2013). "Michigan Democrats disappointed that Gretchen Whitmer will not run for governor, still optimistic for strong candidates in 2014". MLive.com. Retrieved May 28, 2016. 
  19. ^ Whitmer, Gretchen (3 January 2017). "I'm ready — are you?". Medium. Retrieved 3 June 2017. 
  20. ^ https://www.rga.org/said-michigan-dem-gov-nominee-gretchen-whitmer-supports-radical-abolish-ice-movement/
  21. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/07/us/politics/gretchen-whitmer-michigan-election-results.html/
  22. ^ https://miboecfr.nictusa.com/election/results/2018PRI_CENR.html/
  23. ^ "2000 Michigan Election Results". Michigan Department of State. September 28, 2016. Retrieved September 26, 2017. 
  24. ^ "2000 Michigan Election Results". Michigan Department of State. September 28, 2016. Retrieved September 26, 2017. 
  25. ^ "2002 Michigan Election Results". Michigan Department of State. September 28, 2016. Retrieved September 26, 2017. 
  26. ^ "2004 Michigan Election Results". Michigan Department of State. September 28, 2016. Retrieved September 26, 2017. 
  27. ^ "Whitmer rises to establishment choice in Democrats' gov race". Detroit News. Retrieved 2018-08-09. 
  28. ^ "Meet Gretchen - Gretchen Whitmer for Governor". Gretchen Whitmer for Governor. Retrieved 2018-08-10. 
  29. ^ "Monday Profile: Gretchen Whitmer". Oakland Legal News. April 11, 2016. Archived from the original on December 26, 2016. Retrieved December 25, 2016. 
  30. ^ VanderKolk, Kevin (2017-01-04). "Skubick: Whitmer family joins in run for governor". WLNS. Retrieved 2018-08-10. 

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Mark Schauer
Democratic nominee for Governor of Michigan
2018
Incumbent