Jennifer M Granholm

Born:February 5, 1959 (age 61)
Career:Governor of Michigan, 2003-2011
Michigan attorney general, 1999-2003
Education:B.A., University of California Berkely
J.D., Harvard Law School

Jennifer Granholm, the first female governor of Michigan, served as governor from 2003 to 2011. Granholm was also Michigan's first female attorney general, serving from 1999 to 2003.

Granholm was born February 5, 1959, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Her family moved to California, where she graduated from San Carlos High School. After high school, she went on to graduate with honors from the University of California-Berkeley in 1984 with bachelor of arts degree in political science and French. She then graduated with honors from Harvard Law School with a Juris Doctorate.

Prior to taking oath as governor, Granholm served as Michigan's 6th Circuit Court Appeals judicial clerk, a federal prosecutor in Detroit (1990), Wayne County corporation counsel (1994) and Michigan attorney general (1998).

As governor, Granholm sought to double the number of college graduates and signed a law providing college prep curriculum in schools. She created stringent requirements for under-performing schools and the No Worker Left Behind program. The No Worker Left Behind program allowed unemployed and underemployed Michigan citizens the opportunity to attend a community or technical college.

Since the end of her gubernatorial term, Granholm has been a distinguished practitioner of law and public policy at the UC Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy and UC Berkeley School of Law, a senior advisor to The Pew Charitable Trusts' Clean Energy Program, founder of The American Jobs Project at UC Berkeley, a regular contributor to NBC's political talk show "Meet the Press" and host of "The War Room with Jennifer Granholm" on Current TV. She coauthored the book "A Governor's Story: The Fight for Jobs and America's Future" (2011) with her husband.

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