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Gretchen Driskell
Gretchen Driskell.jpg
Michigan House of Representatives, District 52
In office
January 1, 2013 - present
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Years in position 2
Base salary$71,685/year
Per diem$10,800 yearly expense allowance
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits3 terms
Bachelor'sLynchburg College
Master'sGeorge Washington University
Date of birthOctober 1, 1958
ProfessionCommercial real estate agent
Office website
Campaign website
Gretchen Driskell is a Democratic member of the Michigan House of Representatives, representing District 52. She was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Driskell served seven terms as the mayor of Saline; she was the first woman and the longest to serve in that position.


Driskell earned her B.S. in Accounting from Lynchburg College and her M.B.A. in Finance from the George Washington University. Her professional experience includes working as a Realtor.[1][2]

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Driskell served on the following committees:

Michigan Committee Assignments, 2012
Transportation and Infrastructure


Campaign themes


Driskell noted of Saline: "The tools we use to attract talent are a shared investment in an excellent school system, good infrastructure, collaborative government, and continually building a strong sense of place."[3]

Driskell's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1] "I am running for State Representative because I believe the people in our communities have not been adequately represented. Lansing has cut education funding, community development programs, and put business before people. I believe a more educated population will give us a greater competitive edge in the global market, and the tax shift we've seen that favors corporations and forces cuts to education budgets is not helping. There needs to be a better balance when creating a competitive business climate, which can be implemented without devaluing local assets like education, environment and quality of life. If we are to be globally competitive in this 21st century economy we need to be investing in the people and places that create successful communities."



See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Michigan House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election was held on August 5, 2014, and a general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was April 22, 2014. Incumbent Gretchen Driskell was unopposed in the Democratic primary. John Hochstetler was unopposed in the Republican primary. Driskell defeated Hochstetler in the general election.[4][5][6][7]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 52 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngGretchen Driskell Incumbent 56.2% 20,849
     Republican John Hochstetler 43.8% 16,265
Total Votes 37,114


See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2012

Driskell won election in the 2012 election for Michigan House of Representatives District 52. She ran unopposed in the August 7 Democratic primary and defeated incumbent Mark Ouimet (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[8]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 52, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngGretchen Driskell 53% 26,647
     Republican Mark Ouimet Incumbent 47% 23,610
Total Votes 50,257

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Driskell is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Driskell raised a total of $661,609 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 10, 2013.[9]

Gretchen Driskell's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Michigan State House, District 52 Won $661,609
Grand Total Raised $661,609


Driskell won election to the Michigan House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Driskell raised a total of $661,609.


Driskell has three children.[2]

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Preceded by
Mark Ouimet (R)
Michigan House of Representatives District 52
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