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Gretchen Whitmer (D) for Governor candidate bio

Posted: 2:01 PM, Aug 06, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-06 19:35:33Z

Gretchen Whitmer grew up in Michigan.

She says she had a democrat for a mother and a republican for a father.

She is a mom, a former legislator, and a prosecutor. In 2016 she was the Ingham County Prosecutor and under her guidance she established a Domestic Violence Unit, sped up the rehab time for non-violent first-time offenders and asked the MSP to take a good look into the integrity of the county's evidence room.

She loves the water and the Great Lakes. She likes to fish and climb the dunes. She currently lives in East Lansing with her family.

A highlight of Gretchen's time as Senate Democratic Leader was that she negotiated with Republicans to expand Medicaid in Michigan. Her campaign has said that she got Medicaid expanded to more than $680,000 Michigan residents. She also worked with Republicans to raise the minimum wage in Michigan, which was also successful.

Whitmer has spoken out and shared her story about surviving sexual assault. She was speaking against a bill that limited women's access to health care, a bill proposed by the GOP, when she told her story on the Senate Floor.

Her focuses will be on: cleaning up Michigan's drinking water, improving education and skills training, creating more good-paying jobs, fixing the "damn" roads, protecting and expanding women's reproductive rights and making state government more open, transparent and accountable.

She has been endorsed by Planned Parenthood of Michigan, Michigan Association for Justice, the United Auto Workers, the Michigan Education Association, Lansing Mayor Andy Schor and Senator Curtis Hertel of East Lansing. Click here for more:  more endorsements

Here is a link to her website: https://www.gretchenwhitmer.com/