U.S. SENATOR FOR MICHIGAN
Debbie Stabenow won reelection in 2012 with 58.8% to GOP Pete Hoekstra’s 38.8%. While the twenty point margin may seem like a substantial enough lead to dissuade future challengers, there a number of factors to also be considered in advance of the 2018 cycle.
First, while Michigan is traditionally a blue state, it can become a swing state under the right set of circumstances. John McCain initially targeted the state as a potential swing state in 2008, and Trump narrowly won the state with 47.50% to Hillary Clinton’s 47.27% in 2016. Though the 2016 flip can largely be attributed to factors like campaigning and turnout, the very narrowness of the margin also indicates just how easily a race can flip going into the next cycle, and how there are no longer guaranteed Democratic wins.
Michigan also saw a turnout of approximately 34% percent registered voters in 2016. Though this is technically an high number for the state, this number will likely follow traditional trends and go down in 2018. Additionally, without a presidential candidate to go at the top of the ticket, Stabenow will now have to campaign for votes from a smaller voter pool.
Our aim is to not only bring attention to the importance of turning out and voting for Stabeow’s race, but also her considerable track record on women’s issues, children’s health, and also fighting for underserved communities throughout Michigan.
Born in Gladwin and raised in Clare, Debbie Stabenow learned the value of a hard-day's work from her parents. Her family owned the local Oldsmobile dealership, and her mother was Director of Nursing at the local hospital. She graduated at the top of her class from Clare High School and went on to receive her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Michigan State University. She worked with youth in the public schools before running for public office.
Senator Stabenow was inspired to first run for office after leading a successful effort to stop the closure of a local nursing home. She was elected to the Ingham County Board of Commissioners when she was 24 years old, and in just two years, was elected Chair of the Board. She was elected to the Michigan House of Representatives where she served for twelve years (1979-90) and to the State Senate where she served for four years (1991-94). Her influence as a State Legislator is evident throughout Michigan law - from Michigan's historic property tax cut and small business reforms, to nationally acclaimed legislation to protect children and families.
Elected to the U.S. Congress in 1996 representing Michigan's Eighth Congressional District, she made history in 2000 when she became the first woman from the State of Michigan elected to the United States Senate.
Creating jobs in Michigan is Senator Stabenow's top priority. She has committed herself to bringing jobs back to Michigan and to ensuring that Michigan is a destination for the jobs of the future. As Co-Chair of the bipartisan Senate Manufacturing Caucus, she has been a leader in leveling the playing field in international trade and for giving our workers the skills they need to excel in the international marketplace. As Senator Stabenow likes to say, “We want to export our products, not our jobs.”
A musician at heart, Senator Stabenow sings and plays both the piano and the guitar. She grew up performing with her family in church and at many community functions. Her home is in Lansing, where she is a lifelong Methodist and a member of Grace United Methodist Church. She has two grown children, Todd and Michelle; a daughter-in-law, Sara; a son-in-law, Scott; and four beautiful grandchildren.
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