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September 13, 1955 |
|Known for||The Political Graveyard|
|Title||Washtenaw County Clerk/Register of Deeds|
|Term||2004 - Present|
|Website||Kestenbaum's personal website|
Early life and education
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.
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.
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.
On Saturday, March 22, 2014, following a U.S. District Court ruling that Michigan's ban on same sex marriage was unconstitutional, 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.
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.
- Leibovich, Mark (2006-10-01). "Hitting a Self-Destruct Button". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-06-14.
- Washtenaw County Government, Clerk/Register of Deeds, retrieved 2008-09-18
- "Judge strikes down Michigan ban on gay marriage; state asks for a stay". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved 22 March 2014.
- "Clerk grants marriage licenses to 74 gay couples in Washtenaw County". Ann Arbor News. Retrieved 2014-04-03.
- Kestenbaum's personal website
- Political Graveyard website
- Campaign website
- Interview with Kestenbaum
- Lawrence Kestenbaum on LocalWiki
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