Gretchen Whitmer

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Gretchen Whitmer
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Michigan State Senate District 23
Incumbent
In office
2007 - present
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Years in position 7
PartyDemocratic
Leadership
Minority Leader, Michigan State Senate
2011 – present
Compensation
Base salary$71,685/year
Per diem$10,800 yearly expense allowance
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedMarch 2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits2 terms (8 years)
Prior offices
Michigan House of Representatives
2000 – 2006
Education
Bachelor'sMichigan State University (1993)
J.D.Detroit College of Law (1998)
Personal
BirthdayAugust 23, 1971
Place of birthLansing, Michigan
ProfessionAttorney
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Gretchen Whitmer is a Democratic member of the Michigan State Senate, representing District 23 since January 1, 2007. She currently serves as State Senate Minority Leader. Whitmer won a special election in 2006 to join the Senate. Whitmer served in the Michigan House of Representatives from 2000 to 2006.

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.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Michigan Committee Assignments, 2012
Government Operations, Vice-chair

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Whitmer served on these committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Whitmer served on these committees:

Issues

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.

District 23

Whitmer represents Michigan Senate District 23. District 23 includes the Greater Lansing Area and Michigan State University[1].

Elections

2014

See also: State executive official elections, 2014

Whitmer is considered a potential Democratic candidate for Governor of Michigan in 2014, when Republican incumbent Rick Snyder will be up for re-election.[2]

2010

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)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Gretchen Whitmer (D) 49,990
Kyle Haubrich (R) 28,133

2006

On November 07, 2006, Whitmer ran for District 23 of the Michigan State Senate, beating Frank Lambert. [3]

Whitmer raised $295,730 for her campaign.[4]

Michigan State Senate, District 23
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Gretchen Whitmer (D) 64,404
Frank Lambert (R) 27,931


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Whitmer is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Whitmer raised a total of $1,038,718 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 31, 2013.[5]

Gretchen Wilmer's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Michigan State Senate, District 23 Not up for election $33,175
2010 Michigan State Senate, District 23 Won $128,953
2008 Michigan State Senate, District 23 Not up for election $80,501
2006 Michigan State Senate, District 23 Won $295,730
2004 Michigan State House, District 69 Won $74,713
2002 Michigan State House, District 69 Won $55,089
2000 Michigan State House, District 70 Won $370,557
Grand Total Raised $1,038,718

2012

Whitmer was not up for election to the Michigan State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Whitmer raised a total of $33,175.
Michigan State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Gretchen Whitmer's campaign in 2012
Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Michigan$5,000
Meijer, Inc.$1,500
CMS Energy$1,250
Michigan Bankers Association$1,150
Brooke Holdings & Jackson National Life Insurance$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$33,175
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Whitmer won re-election to the Michigan State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Whitmer raised a total of $128,953.

2008

Whitmer was not up for election to the Michigan State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Whitmer raised a total of $80,501.

2006

Whitmer won election to the Michigan State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Whitmer raised a total of $295,730.

2004

Whitmer won re-election to the Michigan House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Whitmer raised a total of $74,713.

2002

Whitmer won re-election to the Michigan House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Whitmer raised a total of $55,089.

2000

Whitmer won election to the Michigan House of Representatives in 2000. During that election cycle, Whitmer raised a total of $370,557.

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Scorecards

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.[6]

January 2011 - March 2012

Gretchen Whitmer received a 14% rating on the January 2011 - March 2012 Tea Party Scorecard.[6]

Personal

Gretchen is married to Gary Shrewsbury. They have two children and reside in East Lansing, Michigan.

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Michigan State Senate District 23
2007–present
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