US Senator Debbie Stabenow
Born in Gladwin and raised in Clare, Debbie Stabenow was elected to the United States Senate in 2000 making history as the first woman Michigan elected to the U.S. Senate. Elected to the Ingham County Board of Commissioners in 1975 she went on to the State House in 1979, the State Senate in 1991 and to Congress in 1996 by defeating incumbent Dick Chrysler. 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 just 24 years old. Today, in addition to serving as Michigan’s senior U.S. Senator, Debbie Stabenow is a member of the Senate leadership.
Stabenow is respected for her ability to build coalitions to get things done. As Ranking Member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and as a member of the Senate Energy, Finance, and Budget Committees, she plays a powerful role in shaping our nation’s manufacturing, health care, and agriculture policies. As Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Health Care, Senator Stabenow is a champion for Medicare, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. She has been recognized for her success making prescription drugs more affordable. Debbie is known for her commitment to bringing jobs back to Michigan, making high-quality affordable health care available to every American, advocating for Michigan’s agricultural industry and protecting our Great Lakes.
Senator Stabenow has two grown children, Todd and Michelle; a daughter-in-law, Sara; a son-in-law, Scott; and four beautiful grandchildren. She earned both her B.A. and her M.S.W. from Michigan State University in 1972 and 1975, respectively. Stabenow has also worked as a social worker.