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Encyclopedia > Debbie Stabenow
Debbie Stabenow
Debbie Stabenow

Incumbent
Assumed office 
January 3, 2001
Serving with Carl Levin
Preceded by Spencer Abraham

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan's 8th district
In office
January 7, 1997 – January 3, 2001
Preceded by Dick Chrysler
Succeeded by Mike J. Rogers

Born April 29, 1950 (1950-04-29) (age 57)
Gladwin, Michigan
Political party Democratic
Spouse Tom Athans
Alma mater Michigan State University
Profession Social worker
Religion United Methodist

Deborah Ann "Debbie" Stabenow (born Deborah Ann Greer on April 29, 1950) is a Democratic United States Senator from Michigan. Image File history File links Debbie_Stabenow_official_photo. ... Type Upper House President of the Senate Richard B. Cheney, R since January 20, 2001 President pro tempore Robert C. Byrd, D since January 4, 2007 Members 100 Political groups Democratic Party Republican Party Last elections November 7, 2006 Meeting place Senate Chamber United States Capitol Washington, DC United States... This article is about the U.S. State. ... Open seat redirects here. ... is the 3rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... Carl Milton Levin (born June 28, 1934) is a Democratic United States Senator from Michigan and is the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Armed Services. ... Edward Spencer Abraham (born June 12, 1952 in East Lansing, Michigan) is an a former United States Senator of Lebanese descent. ... Type Bicameral Speaker of the House of Representatives House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi, (D) since January 4, 2007 Steny Hoyer, (D) since January 4, 2007 House Minority Leader John Boehner, (R) since January 4, 2007 Members 435 plus 4 Delegates and 1 Resident Commissioner Political groups Democratic Party Republican Party... This article is about the U.S. State. ... Michigans 8th congressional district is a United States congressional district in Southern Michigan and Southeast Michigan. ... is the 7th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ... is the 3rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... Dick Chrysler (born April 29, 1942) is a politician from the U.S. state of Michigan. ... Mike J. Rogers (born June 2, 1963), American politician from the state of Michigan, representing the states 8th Congressional district (map). ... is the 119th day of the year (120th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Gladwin is a city in Gladwin County in the U.S. state of Michigan. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  Politics Portal      Further information: Politics of the United States#Organization of American political parties The Democratic... Alma mater is Latin for nourishing mother. It was used in ancient Rome as a title for the mother goddess, and in Medieval Christianity for the Virgin Mary. ... Michigan State University (MSU) is a co-educational public research university in East Lansing, Michigan USA. Founded in 1855, it was the pioneer land-grant institution and served as a model for future land-grant colleges in the United States under the 1862 Morrill Act. ... Social Workers are concerned with social problems, their causes, their solutions and their human impacts. ... The United Methodist Church is the largest Methodist denomination, and the second-largest Protestant one, in the United States. ... is the 119th day of the year (120th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  Politics Portal      Further information: Politics of the United States#Organization of American political parties The Democratic... Type Upper House President of the Senate Richard B. Cheney, R since January 20, 2001 President pro tempore Robert C. Byrd, D since January 4, 2007 Members 100 Political groups Democratic Party Republican Party Last elections November 7, 2006 Meeting place Senate Chamber United States Capitol Washington, DC United States... This article is about the U.S. State. ...


In the 2000 election, Stabenow defeated the Republican incumbent, Senator Spencer Abraham. She is the first female senator from Michigan. She and Washington's Maria Cantwell were the first women to defeat incumbent elected senators. Stabenow was re-elected in 2006. The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Edward Spencer Abraham (born June 12, 1952 in East Lansing, Michigan) is an a former United States Senator of Lebanese descent. ... For the capital city of the United States, see Washington, D.C.. For other uses, see Washington (disambiguation). ... Maria E. Cantwell (born October 13, 1958) is the junior United States Senator from Washington state and is a member of the Democratic Party. ...

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Early life and career

Stabenow was born in Gladwin, Michigan, USA to Anna Merle Hallmark and Robert Lee Greer.[1] She grew up in Clare, Michigan, where her father and grandfather owned an auto dealership. She graduated from Clare High School. She received a B.A. from Michigan State University in 1972 and an M.S.W. magna cum laude from Michigan State University in 1975. Gladwin is a city in Gladwin County in the U.S. state of Michigan. ... Clare is a city located in the U.S. state of Michigan. ... A B.A. issued from the University of Tennessee. ... Michigan State University (MSU) is a co-educational public research university in East Lansing, Michigan USA. Founded in 1855, it was the pioneer land-grant institution and served as a model for future land-grant colleges in the United States under the 1862 Morrill Act. ... The Master of Social Work (MSW) is a type of masters degree which is received from a graduate school that has been approved by the Council on Social Work Education. ... Latin honors are Latin phrases used to indicate the level of academic distinction with which an academic degree was earned. ...


While in graduate school, Stabenow won her first election, to the Ingham County Board of Commissioners, a position in which she served from 1975 to 1978. She has also worked as a social worker, and a leadership training consultant. She served in the Michigan State House of Representatives from 1979 to 1990, where she became the first woman to preside over the House. She also served in the Michigan Senate from 1991 to 1994. In 1994, she made an unsuccessful primary run for Michigan Governor, after which she was chosen as the running mate (Michigan Lieutenant Governor), but the Democratic ticket was not successful. Ingham County is a county in the U.S. state of Michigan. ... A social worker is a person employed in the administration of charity, social service, welfare, and poverty agencies, advocacy, or religious outreach programs. ... Cora B. Anderson House of Representatives Office Building, Downtown Lansing The Michigan State House of Representatives is the lower body of the Michigan Legislature. ... Billie S. Farnum Senate Office Building, Downtown Lansing The Michigan Senate is the upper body of the Michigan Legislature. ... Michigan Governors Territorial Governors State Governors From statehood until the election of 1966, governors were elected to two-year terms. ... The Lieutenant Governor of Michigan is the second-ranking executive officer in the U.S. state of Michigan, behind the governor. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  Politics Portal      Further information: Politics of the United States#Organization of American political parties The Democratic...


She was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1996 from Michigan's 8th congressional district and served two terms. She did not seek reelection to the House of Representatives in 2000, but was elected to the U.S. Senate. Stabenow was considered the underdog for much of the Senate race, but rallied in the final weeks of the campaign to unseat Abraham by a narrow margin. Abraham's wife Jane was rumored to be a Republican candidate for Stabenow's seat in the 2006 election, but opted out of the race. Type Bicameral Speaker of the House of Representatives House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi, (D) since January 4, 2007 Steny Hoyer, (D) since January 4, 2007 House Minority Leader John Boehner, (R) since January 4, 2007 Members 435 plus 4 Delegates and 1 Resident Commissioner Political groups Democratic Party Republican Party... Michigans 8th congressional district is a United States congressional district in Southern Michigan and Southeast Michigan. ... Type Upper House President of the Senate Richard B. Cheney, R since January 20, 2001 President pro tempore Robert C. Byrd, D since January 4, 2007 Members 100 Political groups Democratic Party Republican Party Last elections November 7, 2006 Meeting place Senate Chamber United States Capitol Washington, DC United States... Jane Abraham (b. ...


Michigan legislature

Stabenow was a leader in the passage of the one of the first laws in the U.S. that required all Michigan children to ride in car seats until age 5. She authored a domestic violence law which increased criminal penalties for those committing domestic violence offences. Perhaps ironically, Republican members of the State legislature nicknamed her "D-Stabs" around this time. She was the first woman to preside over the House.


In the Michigan Senate, Stabenow was a leader in the passage of bills including Michigan's property tax cuts, small business reforms, and legislation to protect families and children in the state.


United States Senate

Stabenow is currently a member of the Finance Committee, along with the Budget Committee and the Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee [1]. Previously, she also served on the Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee and the Special Committee on Aging. The U.S. Senate Committee on Finance (or, less formally, Senate Finance Committee) is a standing committee of the United States Senate. ... The United States Senate Committee on Budget was established in 1974 by the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act. ... The Committee of Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry is a committee of the United States Senate empowered with legislative oversight of all matters relating to the nations agriculture industry, farming programs, forestry and logging, and legislation relating to nutrition and health. ... The United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs has jurisdiction over matters related to banks and banking, price controls, deposit insurance, export promotion and controls, federal monetary policy, financial aid to commerce and industry, issuance of redemption of notes, currency and coinage, public and private housing, urban... The United States Senate Special Committee on Aging was initially established in 1961 as a temporary committee; it became a permanent committee in 1977. ...


Stabenow is only the second person from Michigan to have served in both houses of the Michigan State Legislature and in both houses of the United States Congress. The first was Thomas W. Ferry. Stabenow is also the first person to have served as a Michigan state legislator to be popularly elected to the U.S. Senate (until enactment of the Seventeenth amendment to the United States Constitution in 1913, U.S. Senators were selected by the state legislature). No former Michigan state legislator had served in the U.S. Senate since 1894, when Francis B. Stockbridge died. The Michigan Legislature is the state legislature of the U.S. state of Michigan. ... Type Bicameral Houses Senate House of Representatives President of the Senate President pro tempore Dick Cheney, (R) since January 20, 2001 Robert C. Byrd, (D) since January 4, 2007 Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, (D) since January 4, 2007 Members 535 plus 4 Delegates and 1 Resident Commissioner Political... Thomas White Ferry (June 10, 1827–October 13, 1896) was a U.S. Representative and U.S. Senator from the state of Michigan. ... Type Upper House President of the Senate Richard B. Cheney, R since January 20, 2001 President pro tempore Robert C. Byrd, D since January 4, 2007 Members 100 Political groups Democratic Party Republican Party Last elections November 7, 2006 Meeting place Senate Chamber United States Capitol Washington, DC United States... Amendment XVII in the National Archives Amendment XVII (the Seventeenth Amendment) of the United States Constitution was passed by the Senate on June 12, 1911 and by the House on May 13, 1912. ... Francis Brown Stockbridge (April 9, 1826–April 30, 1894) was a U.S. Senator from the state of Michigan. ...


Stabenow introduced S. 2986[2] in 2002 attempting to move forward a land claims settlement with the Bay Mills Indian Community (Brimley, Michigan) and allow the tribe to develop a casino off-reservation almost 350 miles (560 km) away in Port Huron, Michigan. In 1996, the Bay Mills Indians made claims to lands in Michigan including more than 100 acres (0.40 km²) in the "Charlotte Beach" area on Michigan's Upper Peninsula.[3] The claims were rejected by both state and federal court at the time on administrative grounds and have never been officially heard or validated. Nevertheless, then Michigan Governor John Engler, a Republican, entered into a settlement agreement with the Tribe in which the Tribe would agree to extinguish claims to the Charlotte Beach lands in exchange for the right to build a casino in Port Huron.[4] The tribe has two casinos already. Michigan casino syndicators Marian Ilitch and Michael J. Malik, Sr. are bankrolling the tribe's pursuits. According to records on file with the Federal Election Commission, Ilitch Family members and Malik contributed more than $117,200 toward Senator Stabenow's 2006 re-election — significantly more than they gave to any other federal candidate in either the 2004 or 2006 federal election cycles. Neither Ilitch or Malik contributed to Stabenow's previous campaigns. There have been no allegations of wrongdoing on the part of the Senator and the casino in question has not been built or authorized. The Bay Mills Indian Community (BMIC) is an Indian reservation forming the land base of the Sault Ste. ... Superior Township is a township located in Chippewa County in the U.S. state of Michigan. ... A statue of Thomas Edison with the Blue Water Bridge in the background. ... The Bay Mills Indian Community (BMIC) is an Indian reservation forming the land base of the Sault Ste. ... The Upper Peninsula of Michigan is the northern of the two major land masses that comprise the U.S. state of Michigan. ... John Mathias Engler (born October 12, 1948) is an American politician. ... Marian and Mike Ilitch founded Little Caesars Pizza in 1959. ... Michael J. Malik, Sr. ... The Federal Election Commission (or FEC) is an independent regulatory agency that was founded in 1975 by the United States Congress to regulate the campaign finance legislation in the United States. ...


During the 2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict, Stabenow was the first Senator to author legislation that would waive all transportation fees to Americans trapped in Lebanon, so that their deportation back to America would not cost them. She authored a law that was the first to ban drilling in the Great Lakes. Combatants Hezbollah Amal LCP  Israel Commanders Hassan Nasrallah (Secretary General of Hezbollah) Imad Mughniyeh (Commander of Hezbollahs armed wing)[5] Dan Halutz (CoS) Moshe Kaplinsky[12] Udi Adam (Regional) Strength 600-1,000 active fighters 3,000-10,000 reservists[6] 30,000 ground troops (plus IAF & ISC)[13... The Great Lakes from space The Laurentian Great Lakes are a group of five large lakes in North America on or near the Canada-United States border. ...


On August 31, 2006 Stabenow, along with Senator Carl Levin and Rep. John Dingell, announced an agreement that would completely cease Ontario's dumping of solid waste in Michigan within four years. This issue has been a crucial issue in Michigan for the past several years. Previously in the Senate, Stabenow wrote legislation intended to reduce the dumping of Canadian trash into Michigan by requiring machines to search trash being dumped across the border.[5] More recently, she unanimously passed a law requiring the payment of $420 inspection fee for every truckload of Canadian trash being brought into Michigan.[6] is the 243rd day of the year (244th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Carl Milton Levin (born June 28, 1934) is a Democratic United States Senator from Michigan and is the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Armed Services. ... Rep. ... Motto: Ut Incepit Fidelis Sic Permanet (Latin: Loyal she began, loyal she remains) Capital Toronto Largest city Toronto Official languages English (de facto) Government Lieutenant-Governor David C. Onley Premier Dalton McGuinty (Liberal) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament House seats 107 Senate seats 24 Confederation July 1, 1867 (1st) Area...


Stabenow became the third-ranking Democrat in the U.S. Senate on November 16, 2004, when she was elected by her colleagues to be secretary of the Democratic caucus. As caucus secretary, she assisted Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) to set the Democrats' agenda and priorities. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) was elected Minority Whip, the Democrats' second-ranking spot. In November 2006, Majority Leader Harry Reid announced that Stabenow would leave the caucus secretary position to succeed Hillary Rodham Clinton as chair of the Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee, charged with "engag[ing] Democratic Senators and community leaders across the country in an active dialogue" [7]. is the 320th day of the year (321st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Senate Minority Leader is a member of the United States Senate who is elected by his or her party conference to serve as the chief Senate spokesmen for his or her party and to manage and schedule the legislative and executive business of the Senate. ... Harry Mason Reid (born December 2, 1939) is the senior United States Senator from Nevada and a member of the Democratic Party. ... Richard Joseph Durbin (born November 21, 1944) is an American politician. ... In politics, a whip is a member of a political party in a legislature whose task is to ensure that members of the party attend and vote as the party leadership desires. ... Harry Mason Reid (born December 2, 1939) is the senior United States Senator from Nevada and a member of the Democratic Party. ... Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton (born October 26, 1947) is the junior United States Senator from New York, and is a candidate for the Democratic nomination in the 2008 presidential election. ...


Committee Assignments

  • Committee on Finance
    • Subcommittee on Health Care
    • Subcommittee on International Trade and Global Competitiveness
    • Subcommittee on Taxation, IRS Oversight, and Long-term Growth
  • Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
    • Subcommittee on Domestic and Foreign Marketing, Inspection, and Plant and Animal Health
    • Subcommittee on Nutrition and Food Assistance, Sustainable and Organic Agriculture, and General Legislation
    • Subcommittee on Rural Revitalization, Conservation, Forestry, and Credit (Chairman)
  • Committee on the Budget

2006 re-election campaign

Stabenow faced her first re-election in the 2006 election. There were three Republicans who declared their candidacy: Reverend Keith Butler, a former Detroit City Councilman; Dr. Jerry Zandstra, a former director at the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty; and Michael Bouchard, the Oakland County sheriff and former state Senate majority leader. Jerry Zandstra failed to be placed on the ballot, due to insufficient certified petition signatures. Michael Bouchard won the Republican primary but was defeated by Stabenow in the general election. Stabenow received 57% of the vote while Bouchard received 41%. The Michigan United States Senate election of 2006 will be held on November 7, 2006. ... Seats up for election. ... For the football player of the same name, see Keith Butler (football player). ... Dr. Jerry Zandstra is an ordained minister in the Christian Reformed Church and a conservative activist from the state of Michigan. ... ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Oakland County is a county located in the state of Michigan. ... Billie S. Farnum Senate Office Building, Downtown Lansing The Michigan Senate is the upper body of the Michigan Legislature. ... Dr. Jerry Zandstra is an ordained minister in the Christian Reformed Church and a conservative activist from the state of Michigan. ...


Personal life

Stabenow was first married to Dennis Stabenow; the couple divorced in 1990. They had two children, Michelle and Todd.


In 2003, Stabenow married Tom Athans, now the executive vice president of Air America. By this marriage, she has a stepdaughter, Gina. On April 2, 2008, the Detroit Free Press reported that Athans had been implicated in a prostitution sting.[2] Stabenow released a statement saying "This is very disturbing and serious. Obviously it's a deeply difficult and personal matter."[3] Former Air America logo, 2004-2007 Air America Radio is a talk radio network and program syndication service in the United States. ... is the 92nd day of the year (93rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance to the Gregorian calendar. ... Along with The Detroit News, the Detroit Free Press is one of the two major metro Detroit newspapers. ...


She belongs to the Grace United Methodist Church.


Electoral history

Michigan U.S. Senate Election 2000
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Debbie Stabenow 2,034,342 49.5
Republican Spencer Abraham (Incumbent) 1,991,507 49.3
Michigan U.S. Senate Election 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Debbie Stabenow (Incumbent) 2,151,278 56.9 +7.4
Republican Michael Bouchard 1,559,597 41.3

The Democratic Party is one of the two major United States political parties. ... This article is about the modern United States Republican Party. ... Edward Spencer Abraham (born June 12, 1952 in East Lansing, Michigan) is an a former United States Senator of Lebanese descent. ... The Michigan United States Senate election of 2006 will be held on November 7, 2006. ... The Democratic Party is one of the two major United States political parties. ... This article is about the modern United States Republican Party. ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ...

Footnotes

  1. ^ 1
  2. ^ http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080402/NEWS06/80402038
  3. ^ "Sen. Stabenow's Husband Nailed in Prostitution Bust", Washington Post, April 2, 2008

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Dick Chrysler
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan's 8th congressional district

1997 – 2001
Succeeded by
Mike J. Rogers
United States Senate
Preceded by
Spencer Abraham
United States Senator (Class 1) from Michigan
2001 – present
Served alongside: Carl Levin
Incumbent
Party political offices
Preceded by
Barbara Mikulski
Secretary of the Senate Democratic Conference
2005 – 2007
Succeeded by
Patty Murray
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