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Meet Gretchen Whitmer - Gretchen Whitmer for GovernorSkip to content Stand with Michigan against hate. CONTRIBUTE TODAY! X Gretchen Whitmer for Governor About Issues News Media Store DONATE Meet Gretchen Whitmer HOME ABOUT MEET GRETCHEN WHITMER Gretchen Whitmer is a proven fighter, who has mobilized Michiganders to take on the big problems facing our state, and who has challenged the status quo in Lansing to get things done for all Michiganders. As a mom, former legislator, prosecutor, and Governor, she fights for the things that matter to people and put them first. Mom Gretchen lives in East Lansing with her husband Marc, daughters Sherry and Sydney, and stepsons Alex, Mason and Winston. Lifelong Michigander Gretchen is a lifelong Michigander. She was raised in Grand Rapids and East Lansing. Gretchen’s parents taught her and her siblings to work hard. She started her first job at age 14 at Burlingame Lumber in Grand Rapids, and also worked at the Royal Fork Buffet and Target. A proud product of our public schools and graduate of Michigan State University, Gretchen built a life close to home – even moving into a house in the same neighborhood where she grew up. Gretchen ran for governor to build a better Michigan so everyone can build a life for themselves right here, and in the state that’s home to 21 percent of the Earth’s fresh water, Gretchen will work to protect our Great Lakes and clean up our drinking water. Listener Whitmer learned from her parents – her Mom a Democrat, her Dad a “Milliken” Republican – that everyone is important. That’s why as a candidate in 2018, she’s visited all 83 counties in Michigan to listen to community members about the issues that they’re facing. As governor, Gretchen has focused on the things that have actually made a difference in people’s lives right now, like fixing the roads, making health care more affordable, improving education and skills training, cleaning up our drinking water, repealing the retirement tax and managing Michigan through the coronavirus pandemic. Caretaker During her first term in the state legislature, Gretchen took care of her mother at the end of her life while giving birth to and caring for her first daughter. As governor, Gretchen has fought for paid family leave so workers can take time off to care for a sick loved one or newborn. Problem Solver As Governor, Gretchen has worked to get things done for Michigan families. As Senate Democratic Leader, she negotiated with Republicans to expand health coverage to more than 680,000 Michiganders through Healthy Michigan. She negotiated a raise in the minimum wage, and because of the work she did, the minimum wage went up for the fourth time this year. As governor, Gretchen has diligently worked to build a better Michigan for everyone. Fighter As Senate Democratic Leader, Gretchen brought workers, labor unions, and businesses together to fight anti-worker legislation. When Governor Snyder and Lansing politicians locked the people out of the capitol to pass right-to-work without any public hearings, Gretchen threw open the doors and led the protest from her office. As governor, Gretchen has fought to make sure every Michigander has a path to a good-paying job so they can raise their family. Prosecutor In 2016, Gretchen stepped up to serve as Ingham County Prosecutor, restoring faith in the office after the elected prosecutor was forced to resign following a scandal. She cleaned up a mess and implemented stronger ethics standards. She established a new Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Unit to go after abusers, sped up the rehabilitation of non-violent first-time offenders, and asked the Michigan State Police to investigate the integrity of the county’s evidence room. Educator After her service to the state, Gretchen taught at the University of Michigan and Michigan State University. Gretchen is committed to improving education and skills training so every Michigander has a path to a high wage skill. As a legislator, Gretchen took on governors from both parties when they tried to take money out of the School Aid Fund. Governer Whitmer fights every day to ensuresure every child, no matter their zip code, can get a great public education.   Governor Gretchen Whitmer has led Michigan through the worst global pandemic in over a century with guts, grit, and grace. The Washington Post referred to her as “Governor Everywhere” for her bold action to protect the people of Michigan from the spread of COVID-19. Thanks to Governor Whitmer’s leadership and the collective action of millions of Michiganders, we have saved tens of thousands of lives. Since taking office, Governor Whitmer has worked to build a Michigan that is safer, stronger, and smarter for everyone.   Keeping Michiganders safe Governor Whtimer has ramped up testing by partnering with businesses and the Michigan National Guard to expand testing locations across the state. She has expanded unemployment from 20 to 26 weeks to support working families that lost a job during the pandemic. The governor is also leading the fight to strengthen the Affordable Care Act so we protect coverage for people with pre-existing conditions and ban insurance companies from discrimination. The governor’s bipartisan nursing home task force is working to keep seniors safe from a second wave of COVID-19 to make sure they get the care they need.   Making it safer and more affordable to drive In her first six months in office, Governor Whitmer signed historic bipartisan auto reform legislation into law to guarantee average statewide savings for drivers and add protections against discrimination. In her second State of the State address, Governor Whitmer announced Rebuilding Michigan, a $3.5 billion bonding program that will start rebuilding Michigan’s crumbling state roads without raising taxes. Reforming auto insurance and fixing state roads will keep millions of Michigan drivers safe on the roads. Improving education and skills training The governor’s first budget included record funding for Michigan’s K-12 schools, and for the first time ever, moved Michigan towards a weighted school funding formula that is based on science and equity, to provide additional classroom resources for at-risk students and students with special needs. Governor Whitmer also signed bipartisan Michigan Reconnect legislation to provide two years of tuition-free skills training for adults. She also announced Futures for Frontliners to provide our frontline workers and first responders who don’t have a college degree a chance to earn a technical certificate, associate degree or even a bachelor’s degree for free. Improving K-12 education and skills training will build a talented workforce and help Michigan attract more good-paying jobs. Meet Gretchen Meet Garlin Issues News Volunteer Events Media Store Donate JOIN GRETCHEN Facebook Twitter Instagram YouTube Medium P.O. Box 15282, Lansing MI 48901 PAID FOR BY GRETCHEN WHITMER FOR GOVERNOR, PO BOX 15282, LANSING, MI 48901
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Meet Garlin Gilchrist II - Gretchen Whitmer for GovernorSkip to content Stand with Michigan against hate. CONTRIBUTE TODAY! X Gretchen Whitmer for Governor About Issues News Media Store DONATE Meet Garlin Gilchrist II HOME ABOUT MEET GARLIN GILCHRIST II Dad Garlin and his wife Ellen are the proud parents of twins Garlin III and Emily Grace, who were born on Garlin’s birthday in 2013, and one-year-old Ruby. Garlin and Ellen are raising their family in his hometown of Detroit. Detroiter Garlin was born and spent the first part of his childhood in Detroit. When he was four years old, he started public speaking at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Detroit, before further honing his skills at the knee of Dr. Frederick G. Sampson at Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church. He played basketball on every playground, and stretched his mind as a DAPCEP kid. Garlin’s parents are proud lifelong Detroiters. His mother worked at General Motors for 32 years, and his dad worked in defense contract management for the Department of Defense for 31 years. His mother is the President of their neighborhood associations in Detroit and Farmington, and his dad was Vice President. At age eight, Garlin’s parents moved their family to Farmington—he is a proud product of Detroit and Farmington public schools. Tech Guru Garlin’s grandma made him the first kid on his block to have a computer when he was five years old. He started his first job fixing and building computers at age 16. With the first five computers he built, he set up a computer lab in his community’s recreation center to introduce people to technology. Garlin studied computer engineering and computer science at the University of Michigan, where he graduated with honors in 2005. After graduating, Garlin spent four years as a software engineer at Microsoft in Seattle, where he helped build SharePoint into the fastest growing product in the company’s history. As Lieutenant Governor, Garlin is helping to move Michigan’s state government into the 21st century. Organizer During his time in Seattle, Garlin served as Social Media Manager for the 2008 Obama campaign in Washington, where he helped launch a national text message program to recruit volunteers. Garlin served as the first Director of New Media at the Center for Community Change in Washington, D.C., and spent three years as National Campaign Director at He spearheaded equity and justice campaigns, including fighting to expand Medicaid in states with Republican governors, like Michigan. Problem Solver In 2014, Garlin and Ellen chose to move home to Detroit and raise their children as Michiganders. Garlin started working for the City of Detroit as the first ever Director of Innovation & Emerging Technology, where he opened up the city’s public data and information and solved problems for Detroiters. Garlin created an app for Detroiters to report problems they were facing every day, like broken fire hydrants, potholes, and broken street lights. Public Servant Garlin has dedicated his career to fixing problems for hardworking families. He’s ready to use his experience as an organizer and an innovator to get things done for Michiganders across the state.As lieutenant governor, Garlin immediately rolled up his sleeves and got to work bringing our state government into the 21st century. Meet Gretchen Meet Garlin Issues News Volunteer Events Media Store Donate JOIN GRETCHEN Facebook Twitter Instagram YouTube Medium P.O. Box 15282, Lansing MI 48901 PAID FOR BY GRETCHEN WHITMER FOR GOVERNOR, PO BOX 15282, LANSING, MI 48901
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Zack Pohl, Author at Gretchen Whitmer for Governor - Page 3 of 4Skip to content Stand with Michigan against hate. CONTRIBUTE TODAY! X Gretchen Whitmer for Governor About Issues News Media Store DONATE Author: Zack Pohl Posted on March 26, 2020 by Zack Pohl USA Today: President Trump slams Gov. Whitmer as he weighs disaster request for Michigan President Donald Trump attacked Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on the Sean Hannity Show on Fox News Thursday, saying he is weighing a disaster declaration for Michigan, but “it’s not been pleasant” dealing with Whitmer. “We’ve had a big problem with the young, a woman governor from — you know who I’m talking about — from Michigan,” Trump told […] READ MORE Share Tweet Email Posted on February 4, 2020 by Zack Pohl C-SPAN: Democratic Response to State of the Union Address Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI) delivered the Democratic response to President Trump’s State of the Union address. She talked about needed updates to infrastructure, health care policy, and wages. Governor Whitmer also criticized President Trump’s tweets and touched on the Senate impeachment trial of the president.   Read the full article here. READ MORE Share Tweet Email Posted on January 29, 2020 by Zack Pohl Lansing State Journal: Whitmer: MSU dean to lead statewide effort to improve health care for people of color LANSING — The dean of Michigan State University’s College of Nursing will lead a statewide effort to improve health care for people of color, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Wednesday at her State of the State address. Dr. Randolph Rasch, who teaches as well as leads the College of Nursing, was the first African American man to get […] READ MORE Share Tweet Email Posted on January 29, 2020 by Zack Pohl Detroit Free Press: Whitmer announces $3.5-billion road bonding plan in State of the State LANSING – Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, whose plan for a large gas tax increase was rejected last year by the Republican-controlled Legislature, announced a $3.5-billion borrowing plan to fix Michigan’s crumbling roads in her second State of the State address Wednesday. She said her plan, which does not require legislative approval, will either add or expand […] READ MORE Share Tweet Email Posted on January 9, 2020 by Zack Pohl WXYZ: Here’s a list of the executive directives signed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer so far LANSING, Mich. (WXYZ) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer continues to sign executive directives during her first year in office. Take a look at the directives below and what each of them means. Executive Directive 2019-01 The first directive she signed directs state of Michigan employees to report health issues, specifically, any imminent threat to public […] READ MORE Share Tweet Email Posted on December 20, 2019 by Zack Pohl Bridge MI: Michigan Gov. Whitmer on tough first year: ‘I did what I said I was going to’ LANSING –  She’s the popular “fix the damn roads” candidate whose roads plan crashed and burned at the Capitol. A former legislator who clashed with lawmakers. A rising star in national Democratic politics bogged down by political infighting in her own state. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s first year in office was, in many ways, defined by another […] READ MORE Share Tweet Email Posted on December 14, 2019 by Zack Pohl Detroit Free Press: Whitmer tells Trump Michigan will keep welcoming refugees LANSING — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Friday that she wrote a letter informing the federal government that communities in the state will continue welcoming refugees after the Trump administration began requiring written consent. “Michigan has a rich history of welcoming refugees and other immigrants to our state,” the Democrat said in a statement announcing […] READ MORE Share Tweet Email Posted on October 31, 2019 by Zack Pohl Detroit News: Whitmer signs ‘historic reform’ to treat 17-year-old offenders as juveniles Lansing — Bills that would treat 17-year-olds in Michigan’s criminal justice system as juveniles instead of adults were signed into law Thursday by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in what supporters called a “historic reform.” Michigan joins 46 other states who already treat 17-year-olds as juveniles or are preparing to do so. During a bill signing ceremony at the […] READ MORE Share Tweet Email Posted on October 17, 2019 by Zack Pohl Bridge MI: Gov. Gretchen Whitmer eases access to welfare in Michigan LANSING — Low-income Michigan residents can have more money in the bank without losing access to public assistance under new policies announced Thursday by Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Beginning Nov. 1, Michigan will allow residents with up to $15,000 in personal assets to remain eligible for cash, food and emergency relief assistance programs, including funding […] READ MORE Share Tweet Email Posted on January 1, 2019 by Zack Pohl Detroit Free Press: Gretchen Whitmer officially sworn in as Michigan’s 49th governor LANSING – Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer took the oath of office as Michigan’s 49th governor Tuesday, challenging Michiganders to overcome their partisan differences to build a better state, as she said the state’s residents have done previously. More than 2,000 people braved freezing temperatures on a gray and damp day. Rain that drenched and muddied the Capitol grounds overnight […] READ MORE Share Tweet Email « PREVIOUS 1 2 3 4 NEXT » Meet Gretchen Meet Garlin Issues News Volunteer Events Media Store Donate JOIN GRETCHEN Facebook Twitter Instagram YouTube Medium P.O. Box 15282, Lansing MI 48901 PAID FOR BY GRETCHEN WHITMER FOR GOVERNOR, PO BOX 15282, LANSING, MI 48901
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