|Michigan State Senate District 23|
|2007 - present|
|January 1, 2015|
|Years in position||6|
|Minority Leader, Michigan State Senate|
|2011 – present|
|Per diem||$10,800 yearly expense allowance|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 2, 2010|
|First elected||March 2006|
|Next election||November 4, 2014|
|Term limits||2 terms (8 years)|
|Michigan House of Representatives|
|2000 – 2006|
|Bachelor's||Michigan State University (1993)|
|J.D.||Detroit College of Law (1998)|
|Birthday||August 23, 1971|
|Place of birth||Lansing, Michigan|
Before her election to the Legislature, Whitmer was a Prosecutor for Ingham County and a Corporate Litigator for the Lansing based law firm of Dickinson Wright. During her time in the House, Whitmer served as a Policy Analyst.
Whitmer graduated from Michigan State with her Bachelor's Degree in 1993 and her Juris Doctorate degree in 1998.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Whitmer served on the following committees:
|Michigan Committee Assignments, 2012|
|• Government Operations, Vice-chair|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Whitmer served on these committees:
|Michigan Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Government Operations, Vice-chair|
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Whitmer served on these committees:
|Michigan Committee Assignments, 2009|
|• Education, Vice-chair|
|• Judiciary, Vice-chair|
Key votes of 2009-2010
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- Super Speedway, Lawmakers voting on whether TO EXTEND A SPECIAL TAX PERK for a super speedway.
- Driver Responsibility Fees, Lawmakers voting on whether TO IMPOSE 'driver responsibility fees.'
- Crony Capitalism, Lawmakers voting on whether TO RESTRICT THE RIGHT of shareholders to sell their own stock.
- Golf Carts, Lawmakers voting on whether TO SUBSIDIZE the production of electric vehicle batteries.
- Home Court Disadvantage, Lawmakers voting on whether TO GIVE MORE TAXING POWER to local government in Kalamazoo so it can finance a taxpayer-subsidized sports arena.
- Mandate Beer Keg Buyer’s Tags, Lawmakers voting on whether TO MANDATE beer keg buyer's tags.
- Remonumentation of State Border, Lawmakers voting on whether to appropriate funds up to $500,000 for remonumentation of the Michigan-Indiana border.
- Fire Safe Cigarettes, Lawmakers voting on whether TO BAN the sale of cigarettes that are not "fire safe."
- Commission on Spanish-Speaking Affairs, Lawmakers voting on whether TO EXPAND DUTIES of and rename government's Commission on Spanish-Speaking Affairs.
- Balancing Act, Lawmakers voting on a budget to CUT REVENUE SHARING PAYMENTS to local governments as a way to balance the state budget without raising taxes.
- Balancing Act 2, Lawmakers voting on a cut of less than 3 percent to K-12 school aid payments so as to balance the state budget without tax increases.
- A Good Tax Gone Bad?, Lawmakers voting on the Michigan Business Tax.
- It’s From the Children, Lawmakers voting on whether to RAID $90 MILLION from the Michigan Higher Education Student Loan Authority.
- Don’t Blame Canada, Lawmakers voting on whether TO BAN Canadian trash from Michigan landfills.
- Left Behind, Lawmakers voting on whether TO FINANCE "No Worker Left Behind" with a 59.9 percent increase in general fund spending in the 2009 DELEG budget.
- Politically Correct Capitalism, Lawmakers voting on whether to INCREASE SUBSIDIES for plug-in traction battery packs used in electric cars.
- Politically Correct Capitalism 2, Lawmakers voting on whether to GIVE SUBSIDIES for Michigan film production.
- Politically Correct Capitalism 3, Lawmakers voting on whether to INCREASE ELECTRIC CAR SUBSIDIES for a subsidiary of a Korean battery company.
- Grapes of Wrath, Lawmakers voting on whether TO BAN home shipment of beer and wine to Michigan consumers.
- Subsidize Manufacture of Electric Cars, Lawmakers voting on whether to authorize a refundable Michigan Business Tax credit for makers of plug-in traction battery packs used in electric cars.
- Authorize Special Tax Breaks for Ethanol Gas Stations, Lawmakers voting on whether to authorize a non-refundable Michigan Business Tax credit equal to 30 percent of the costs incurred by a gas station to convert existing pumps and tanks, or acquire new ones that deliver E85 ethanol or biodiesel fuel.
- Presidential Privileges, Lawmakers voting on whether to require state workers to either work on President's Day or take the day off as an unpaid holiday.
Whitmer represents Michigan Senate District 23. District 23 includes the Greater Lansing Area and Michigan State University.
- See also: State executive official elections, 2014
- See also: Michigan State Senate elections, 2010
Whitmer won re-election to the 23rd District Seat in 2010. She had no primary opposition. He defeated Republican Kyle Haubrich in the November 2 general election.
|Michigan State Senate, District 23 General election (2010)|
|Gretchen Whitmer (D)||49,990|
|Kyle Haubrich (R)||28,133|
Whitmer raised $295,730 for her campaign.
|Michigan State Senate, District 23|
|Gretchen Whitmer (D)||64,404|
|Frank Lambert (R)||27,931|
Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.
In 2010, Whitmer received $128,953 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.
|Michigan State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Gretchen Whitmer's campaign in 2010|
|Michigan Auto Workers||$8,000|
|Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association||$7,400|
|Michigan Trial Lawyers Association||$6,600|
|Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Michigan||$6,000|
|Total Raised in 2010||$128,953|
In 2006 Gretchen Whitmer collected $295,730 in donations. 
Her four largest contributors in 2006 were:
|Committee to Elect Gretchen Whitmer||$20,000|
|Michigan Trial Lawyers Association||$12,675|
|Schauer 21st Century Fund||$11,000|
|Michigan Education Association||$10,000|
This section displays the most recent stories in a google news search for the term Gretchen + Whitmer + Michigan + Senate
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- State Sen. Gretchen Whitmer asks Snyder to drop Buena Vista skills camp ... - The Saginaw News
- Sen. Gretchen Whitmer calls on Gov. Rick Snyder to keep Buena Vista Schools ... - MLive.com
- Michigan Republicans seek new limits on welfare aid - The Detroit News
- Mich. Senate Votes To Extend Health Claims Tax - CBS Local
- UFCW Local 951 Endorses Curtis Hertel Jr. for Michigan State Senate - PR Newswire (press release)
- Snyder: Don't rush to spend extra state revenues - Detroit Free Press
- There's more money in Michigan's school aid fund, but should it be spent on ... - Michigan Radio
- How it happened: Buena Vista School District sees decades of decline in ... - The Saginaw News
- Guest column: Michigan's position on international border makes it vulnerable ... - MLive.com
- Everyone Loves Tax Cuts - Michigan Capitol Confidential
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Tea Party Scorecard
The Independent Tea Party Patriots, a Michigan Tea Party group, grades the votes of this and every other Michigan legislator on “core tea party issues” in a regularly-updated scorecard. 100% is considered an ideal rating.
January 2011 - March 2012
Gretchen Whitmer received a 14% rating on the January 2011 - March 2012 Tea Party Scorecard.
Gretchen is married to Gary Shrewsbury. They have two children and reside in East Lansing, Michigan.
- Official Michigan State Senate website
- Project Vote Smart summary
- Project Vote Smart biography
- Campaign Contributions: 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002, 2000
- Voting record from Michigan Votes
- Senator Whitmer's twitter
- Michigan Senate Democrats facebook
- ↑ "Michigan Senate" Map of Senate Districts
- ↑ Public Policy Polling, "Snyder's popularity plummets," December 18, 2012
- ↑ Michigan State Senate official election results for 2008
- ↑ Follow the Money's report on Whitmer's 2008 campaign contributions
- ↑ Follow the Money - 2010 Contributions
- ↑ 2006 contributors to Gretchen Whitmer
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 Michigan Votes, "Tea Party Scorecard Jan 2011-Mar 2012," accessed June 22, 2012
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