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Gretchen Whitmer
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49th Governor of Michigan
Assumed office
January 1, 2019
Lieutenant Garlin Gilchrist
Preceded by Rick Snyder
Prosecutor of Ingham County
In office
July 2, 2016 – December 31, 2016
Preceded by Stuart Dunnings III
Succeeded by Carol Siemon
Minority Leader of the Michigan Senate
In office
January 12, 2011 – January 1, 2015
Deputy Steve Bieda
Preceded by Mike Prusi
Succeeded by Jim Ananich
Member of the Michigan Senate
from the 23rd district
In office
March 21, 2006 – January 1, 2015
Preceded by Virg Bernero
Succeeded by Curtis Hertel Jr.
Member of the Michigan House of Representatives
In office
January 1, 2001 – March 16, 2006
Preceded by Laura Baird
Succeeded by Mark Meadows
Constituency 70th district (2001–2003)
69th district (2003–2006)
Personal details
Born
Gretchen Esther Whitmer

August 23, 1971 (1971-08-23) (age 49)
Lansing, Michigan, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Gary Shrewsbury (divorced)
Marc Mallory (m. 2011)
Children 2 (3 stepchildren)
Education Michigan State University (BA, JD)

Gretchen Esther Whitmer (born August 23, 1971) is an American politician who is the 49th and current Governor of Michigan. She won the 2018 gubernatorial election.

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.

Whitmer is also being considered as a choice for running mate for Joe Biden, the Democratic nominee for president, in his 2020 campaign for president.

Political Career

Michigan Legislature

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.

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.

Personal Life

Early Life

Gretchen Esther Whitmer was born on August 23, 1971, in Lansing, Michigan, and grew up in Michigan.

Personal Life

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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