Debbie A Stabenow

Born:April 29, 1950 (age 69)
Career:U.S. Senate, 2001-present
U.S. House of Representatives, 1995-2001
Michigan Senate, 1991-1994
Michigan House of Representatives, 1979-1990
Education:B.A. and M.S.W., Michigan State University

Debbie Stabenow assumed office as a Michigan United States Senator in January 2001, becoming the first woman to represent the state in the U.S. Senate.

Stabenow was born April 29, 1950, in Galdwin, Michigan. She completed her Bachelor of Arts and Master of social work degrees from Michigan State University. From 1979 to 1990, she served in the Michigan House of Representatives and became the first woman to preside over the House. From 1991 to 1994, she served in the Michigan Senate; and in 1995, she was elected to represent Michigan's 8th Congressional District. While on the Michigan legislature, Stabenow was a leader in the passage of the 1st United States law that required all Michigan children to ride in a car seat until the age of 5 and authored a domestic violence law, which increased criminal penalties for people committing domestic violence offences.

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