Gretchen Whitmer

Born:August 23, 1971 (age 48)
Career:Governor of Michigan, 2019-present
Prosecutor, Ingham County, 2016
Towsley Policy Maker in Residence, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan, 2015-2016
Lecturer, Michigan State University, 2015
Michigan State Senate, 2006-2015
Michigan State House of Representatives, 2000-2006
Education:BA, Michigan State University
JD, Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University

Gretchen Whitmer assumed office as governor of Michigan on Jan. 1, 2019.

Whitmer was born on August 23, 1971, in Lansing, Michigan. Her father served as head of the Michigan Department of Commerce under Governor William Milliken and her mother was an assistant attorney general under Attorney General Frank Kelley. Whitmer earned her Bachelor of Arts in communications from Michigan State University in 1993 and her Juris Doctor from Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University in 1998.

Whitmer began her political career in 2000 when she was elected to the Michigan House of Representatives. In 2006, she became a state senator and in 2011, the minority leader of the state Senate. In 2016, she was unanimously selected to serve the remaining six months of the term of the outgoing Ingham County prosecutor after his arrest.


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