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Debbie Stabenow
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United States Senator
from Michigan
Assumed office
January 3, 2001
Serving with Gary Peters
Preceded by Spencer Abraham
Chair of the Senate Democratic Policy Committee
Assumed office
January 3, 2017
Leader Chuck Schumer
Preceded by Chuck Schumer
Ranking Member of the Senate Agriculture Committee
Assumed office
January 3, 2015
Preceded by Thad Cochran
Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee
In office
January 3, 2011 – January 3, 2015
Preceded by Blanche Lincoln
Succeeded by Pat Roberts
Secretary of the Senate Democratic Conference
In office
January 3, 2005 – January 3, 2007
Leader Harry Reid
Preceded by Barbara Mikulski
Succeeded by Patty Murray
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan's 8th district
In office
January 3, 1997 – January 3, 2001
Preceded by Dick Chrysler
Succeeded by Mike Rogers
Member of the Michigan Senate
from the 24th district
In office
January 12, 1991 – January 14, 1994
Preceded by William A. Sederburg
Succeeded by Joe Schwarz
Member of the Michigan House of Representatives
from the 58th district
In office
January 6, 1979 – January 12, 1991
Preceded by Thomas Holcomb
Succeeded by Dianne Byrum
Personal details
Deborah Ann Greer

April 29, 1950 (1950-04-29) (age 72)
Gladwin, Michigan, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Dennis Stabenow (before 1990)
Tom Athans
(m. 2003; div. 2010)
Children 2
1 stepchild
Education Michigan State University (BA, MSW)

Deborah Ann Greer "Debbie" Stabenow (born April 29, 1950) is a United States Senator from Michigan. She become a member of the Senate in 2001. Before that, she was a member of the United States House of Representatives.


Stabenow was born in Gladwin, Michigan. She went to high school in Clare, Michigan. She earned a bachelor's degree and a master's degree from Michigan State University. After college she had some jobs in state government and was also a social worker. She became a member of the US House of Representatives in 1997, and she became a member of the US Senate in 2001.

In 1994, she ran for Governor of Michigan, but lost in the primary. She soon became the Lieutenant Governor candidate only to loose in the general election.

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