Gretchen Whitmer facts for kids
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|49th Governor of Michigan|
January 1, 2019
|Preceded by||Rick Snyder|
|Prosecutor of Ingham County|
July 2, 2016 – December 31, 2016
|Preceded by||Stuart Dunnings III|
|Succeeded by||Carol Siemon|
|Minority Leader of the Michigan Senate|
January 12, 2011 – January 1, 2015
|Preceded by||Mike Prusi|
|Succeeded by||Jim Ananich|
|Member of the Michigan Senate
from the 23rd district
March 21, 2006 – January 1, 2015
|Preceded by||Virg Bernero|
|Succeeded by||Curtis Hertel Jr.|
|Member of the Michigan House of Representatives|
January 1, 2001 – March 16, 2006
|Preceded by||Laura Baird|
|Succeeded by||Mark Meadows|
|Constituency||70th district (2001–2003)
69th district (2003–2006)
Gretchen Esther Whitmer
August 23, 1971
Lansing, Michigan, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Gary Shrewsbury (divorced)
Marc Mallory (m. 2011)
|Children||2 (3 stepchildren)|
|Education||Michigan State University (BA, JD)|
Whitmer is a former Democratic member of the Michigan Senate and Senate Democratic Leader. Whitmer was a member of the Michigan House of Representatives from 2000 to 2006.
On January 3, 2017, Whitmer announced her plans to run for governor, making her among the first to announce. On August 7, 2018, she became the Democratic nominee in the 2018 gubernatorial election. She won the general election on November 6, 2018.
In 2020, she delivered the Democrats' response to President Trump's 2020 State of the Union Address.
Michigan House of Representatives
Whitmer began her political career in 2001, when she was inaugurated to the Michigan House of Representatives. She served there until March 16, 2006. Five days later, she joined the Michigan Senate.
Whitmer was inaugurated to the Michigan Senate on March 21, 2006, five days after leaving the Michigan House. She would continue serving through 2014. She spent the last four years in the Michigan Senate as Minority Leader.
Ingham County Prosecutor
After the resignation of Stuart Dunnings III as the result of a scandal, Whitmer was unanimously chosen as his successor in the position of Prosecutor of Ingham County. She served their through the second half of 2016.
Governor of Michigan
She was elected governor in 2018. She described herself as progressive, and has worked with progressive leaders in Michigan as governor.
Gretchen Esther Whitmer was born on August 23, 1971, in Lansing, Michigan, and grew up in Michigan.
Whitmer married Gary Shrewsbery, with whom she had two children, before their divorce. In 2011, she married dentist Marc Mallory, who had 3 sons in his previous marriage. The family currenty lives in East Lansing.
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Whitmer at a naturalization ceremony in November 2019 at Detroit
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