Debbie A Stabenow

Born:April 29, 1950 (age 74)
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, the first woman to represent the state in the U.S. Senate. On Jan. 5, 2023, Stabenow announced that she would not seek reelection in 2024.

Stabenow was born April 29, 1950, in Gladwin, Michigan. She completed her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Social Work degrees from Michigan State University in 1972 and 1975, respectively. Before entering politics, Stabenow worked with youth in the public schools.

Stabenow served as Ingham County commissioner from 1975-1978. She served in the Michigan House of Representatives from 1979-90 and in the state Senate from 1991-94. In 1995, she was elected to represent Michigan's 8th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

For information on Stabenow's policy subject areas, committee appointments and sponsored/co-sponsored legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate, please visit her profile on


Biographical Directory of the United States Congress (n.d.). Stabenow, Deborah Ann (1950-). Retrieved on May 13, 2020, from

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