MI List is proud to honor United States Senator Debbie Stabenow and her nearly 50 years of public service as an elected official. Senator Stabenow, an early and steadfast advocate for reproductive rights, also worked tirelessly to pass five-year Farm Bills, protect our Great Lakes, create good Michigan jobs, transform mental health services, and make prescription drugs affordable.
Senator Stabenow was elected to the Ingham County Commission in 1974 at the age of 24, and subsequently to the State House, the State Senate, the U.S. House, and ultimately the U.S. Senate. Notably, when Senator Stabenow ran for the State House in 1978, there were only eight women serving in the State House and none in the State Senate or top statewide offices. Believing that it is not enough to be the ‘first’ unless there is a ‘second’ and a ‘third,’ Senator Stabenow has been inspired to pass the torch to a new generation of leaders. This year there are 44 women serving in the State House and 15 in the State Senate! Women hold the top three statewide elected offices, and we have the first female Majority Leader in the State Senate!
Debbie will leave the U.S. Senate at the conclusion of her current term on January 3, 2025, and intends to begin a new chapter in her life that includes continuing to serve Michigan while spending precious time with her amazing 96-year-old mom and her wonderful family.