Lawrence Kestenbaum

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Lawrence Kestenbaum
Born (1955-09-13) September 13, 1955 (age 61)
United States
Occupation Politician
Known for The Political Graveyard
Title Washtenaw County Clerk/Register of Deeds
Term 2004 - Present
Political party Democratic
Website Kestenbaum's personal website

Lawrence Kestenbaum (born September 13, 1955) is an attorney, politician, and the creator and webmaster of The Political Graveyard website.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Although he was born in Chicago, Illinois, Kestenbaum was raised in East Lansing, Michigan, where his father Justin L. Kestenbaum was a professor of history at Michigan State University.

In 1973, he graduated from East Lansing High School. He received a bachelor's degree in economics from Michigan State University, followed by a Juris Doctor from Wayne State University in 1982. He later studied historic preservation at Cornell University.

Academic career[edit]

Kestenbaum was an analyst and computer lab director for Michigan State University, later becoming an academic specialist there. It was during this time that he created The Political Graveyard in 1996. He was later on staff at the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research, and has taught historic preservation law at Eastern Michigan University.

Political career[edit]

Kestenbaum is a Democrat. He served as a county commissioner in Ingham County, Michigan (1983–88) and Washtenaw County, Michigan (2000–02). In 2004, he was elected as the Washtenaw County Clerk/Register of Deeds, the first Democrat in that position in 72 years.[2]

On Saturday, March 22, 2014, following a U.S. District Court ruling that Michigan's ban on same sex marriage was unconstitutional,[3] Kestenbaum was one of four Michigan county clerks to open for special hours while the ruling was in effect; his office issued marriage licenses to 74 gay and lesbian couples.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Kestenbaum is married to Janice Gutfreund and they have one child. He and his wife are active members in Reform Judaism Temple Beth Emeth in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He continues to be an active member of science fiction fandom, appearing on panels at conventions such as ConFusion.


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