Gretchen Driskell, Candidate for Congress, 7th District
Gretchen Driskell is a candidate for Congress in Michigan’s 7th district. A life-long public servant, she spent six years on Saline City Council, 14 years as Saline Mayor, and four years as State Representative for Michigan’s 52nd State House District. Her political journey began when she was recruited to raise funds for the Saline Recreation Center some 25 years ago. In 2016 Driskell outperformed the top of the ticket and is challenging the republican incumbent for a second time in 2018. Driskell’s commitment to public service is an extension of her belief in the Michigan values of vibrant communities, world-class public schools and Michigan businesses offering great jobs to Michigan talent, based in a state with unique beauty and natural resources.
In addition to her work building economic success in Saline, Gretchen worked hard to create a larger coalition of women in Lansing as state representative. During her tenure, she worked to strengthen the progressive women’s caucus, participated in the equal pay bill package, and sponsored legislation to support reproductive rights. Always focused on addressing the concerns of her constituents, in 2014 Driskell worked to find an alternative solution to the expansion of a sand and gravel pit in the Chelsea community and fought to protect the right of local governments to regulate mining activity in their communities. A fierce advocate for public education, Gretchen relentlessly lobbied to address the funding cuts that threaten our public schools.
Driskell earned her B.S. in accounting from Lynchburg College and her MBA in finance from the George Washington University. Her professional experience includes working as a realtor. Gretchen continues to live in Saline and is the proud mother of three children; Ryan, Matthew an Ensign in the U.S. Navy, and Marielle and her granddaughter Chloe.