MI List Endorses Gretchen Whitmer for Governor of Michigan
Highlights Whitmer’s record mobilizing Michiganders for change
LANSING, MI – Today, MI List, one of Michigan’s leading organizations dedicated to electing progressive, pro-choice women up and down the ballot, endorsed former Democratic Senate Leader and Ingham County Prosecutor Gretchen Whitmer for Governor of Michigan.
MI List highlighted Whitmer’s record fighting for Michigan women as a mom, as a prosecutor, and in both chambers of the state legislature. MI List also commended Whitmer for her longtime efforts leading the fight for women’s access to reproductive health care, paid family leave, equal pay, and her work pushing back some of the most egregious anti-women bills to come out of the Capitol.
“Michigan women have always been able to turn to Gretchen to take on our toughest fights,” said MI List cofounder Barbara Ryan Fuller. “As Senate Democratic Leader and Ingham County Prosecutor, Gretchen has never backed down from demanding accountability in Lansing and fighting for us. Whether it was heading up the fight on equal pay, expanding access to health care, or mobilizing thousands of people to rally against President Trump’s attacks on women and families, Gretchen has been there. Without question, Gretchen has the record and experience to prove she is the fighter Michigan’s women need, and deserve, in the Governor’s office.”
During her first term in the state legislature, Gretchen was the caretaker for her mother, when she was dying of brain cancer – all while giving birth to and caring for her first daughter. That’s one of many reasons Whitmer fought for paid family leave so workers can take time off to care for a sick loved one or new baby and why she took a stand for equal pay for equal work.
“Lansing still isn’t listening to Michigan’s women, and we’re going to change that,” said Whitmer. “I want my daughters to grow up in a place where they’re not paid less for the same work as men, where no politician can interfere in their health care decisions, and where they have access to opportunity to build a life right here in Michigan. I’m honored to be endorsed by MI List, which has been instrumental in electing women across the state, and together we’re going to take on the status quo and mobilize Michigan for change.”
As Senate Democratic Leader, Whitmer was pivotal in brokering the deal that expanded health care to 630,000 people through Healthy Michigan, which also increased access to preventative care like cancer screenings and prenatal care to rural and low income women. And Whitmer believes that working men and women deserve a raise, which is why she helped pass a minimum wage increase with cost-of-living adjustment, all while fighting for more.
In 2013, when Republican legislators rammed a bill through the Michigan legislature that required women to buy supplemental insurance coverage in the event of an elective abortion, including in cases of rape and incest, Whitmer spoke out against the effort and shared her own story of sexual assault on the floor of the Michigan legislature.
In January, Whitmer rallied 9,000 people at the state Capitol to stand up against President Trump’s attacks on women and families, and as Ingham County Prosecutor, she established a new domestic violence unit.
Whitmer was the second candidate running for governor in the entire country to be endorsed by EMILY’s List, and they are committed to leveraging their national fundraising network to ensure that Gretchen has whatever it takes to win this race.
Whitmer is also endorsed by organizations representing more than 42,000 Michigan workers, including: the Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights; the Michigan State Utility Workers Council; the Michigan Pipe Trades Association; the Michigan Joint Council of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union; and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 299.
Whitmer is also being supported by former Michigan Attorney General Frank J. Kelley, Assistant Democratic Senate Leader Steve Bieda (Warren), Democratic Senate Floor Leader Morris Hood III (Detroit), Associate President Pro Tempore Hoon-Yung Hopgood (Taylor), Assistant Democratic Senate Caucus Chair Vincent Gregory (Lathrup Village), Senate Democratic Whip Curtis Hertel (East Lansing), Senator Rebekah Warren (Ann Arbor), Democratic House Leader Sam Singh (East Lansing), Democratic House Floor Leader Christine Greig (Farmington Hills), Assistant Democratic House Whip Erika Geiss (Taylor), Representative Sherry Gay-Dagnogo (Detroit), Representative Leslie Love (Detroit), Representative Kevin Hertel (St. Clair Shores), Representative Henry Yanez (Sterling Heights), Representative Patrick Green (Warren), Representative Pam Faris (Clio), Representative Tim Sneller (Burton), Representative Ronnie Peterson (Ypsilanti), Representative Jon Hoadley (Kalamazoo), Representative Tom Cochran (Mason), Representative Andy Schor (Lansing), Representative David LaGrand (Grand Rapids), and Representative Scott Dianda (Calumet).