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Encyclopedia > Jennifer Granholm
Jennifer M. Granholm


Incumbent
Assumed office 
January 1, 2003
Lieutenant John D. Cherry
Preceded by John Engler

Born February 5, 1959 (1959-02-05) (age 49)
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Political party Democratic
Spouse Daniel Mulhern
Profession Lawyer

Jennifer Mulhern Granholm (born February 5, 1959 in Vancouver, British Columbia) is a Canadian-born American politician and the current Governor of the U.S. state of Michigan. A member of the Democratic Party, Granholm became Michigan's first female governor on January 1, 2003, when she succeeded Governor John Engler. Granholm was re-elected on 7 November 2006, and due to term limits, was sworn in for her second and final term on 1 January 2007. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1632x2464, 909 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Jennifer Granholm Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner used to... Michigan Governors Territorial Governors State Governors From statehood until the election of 1966, governors were elected to two-year terms. ... Open seat redirects here. ... is the 1st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Lieutenant Governor of Michigan is the second-ranking executive officer in the U.S. state of Michigan, behind the governor. ... John D. Cherry (b. ... John Mathias Engler (born October 12, 1948) is an American politician. ... is the 36th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article refers to the city in British Columbia, Canada. ... Motto: Splendor sine occasu (Latin: Splendour without diminishment) Capital Victoria Largest city Vancouver Official languages English (de facto) Government Lieutenant-Governor Steven Point Premier Gordon Campbell (BC Liberal) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament House seats 36 Senate seats 6 Confederation July 20, 1871 (6th province) Area  Ranked 5th Total 944... The Democratic Party is one of two major political parties in the United States, the other being the Republican Party. ... Daniel Granholm Mulhern (born January 3, 1958) is the First Gentleman (husband of Jennifer Granholm, the governor) of the U.S. state of Michigan. ... For the fish called lawyer, see Burbot. ... is the 36th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article refers to the city in British Columbia, Canada. ... The Politics series Politics Portal This box:      A politician is an individual who is a formally recognized and active member of a government, or a person who influences the way a society is governed through an understanding of political power and group dynamics. ... The following are governors of the Territory of Michigan and the U.S. state of Michigan. ... 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  US Government Portal      A U.S. state is any one of the fifty subnational entities of... 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...  Female Republican Governor  Female Democratic Governor  Female Republican and Democratic Governor Twenty-nine women have been or are currently serving as the governor of an American state, including two in an acting capacity. ... is the 1st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... John Mathias Engler (born October 12, 1948) is an American politician. ... is the 311th day of the year (312th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A term limit is a provision of a constitution, statute, or bylaw which limits the number of terms a person may serve in a particular elected office. ... is the 1st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ...

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Early life and career

Granholm was born to Shirley Alfreda Dowden and Victor Ivar Granholm.[1] She has some Finnish and Swedish ancestors who were born in the Swedish-speaking part of Finland[2]. Her family moved to California when she was four. As a young adult she attempted to launch a Hollywood acting career but was unsuccessful and she abandoned her efforts at the age of 21[citation needed]. In 1980 she became a United States citizen and worked for John Anderson's independent run for US President, and enrolled at the University of California, Berkeley. She graduated from UC-Berkeley in 1984 Phi Beta Kappa with two BA degrees, one in political science, the other in French. Granholm then earned a Juris Doctor degree at Harvard Law School, also with honors. She clerked for U.S. Judge Damon Keith on the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. In 1986 she married current First Gentleman Daniel Mulhern, a Michiganian, and took his surname as her middle name; they have three children: Kathryn, Cecelia, and Jack. In 1990 she became an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan. In 1994, she was appointed Wayne County Corporation Counsel. Language(s) Finnish, Swedish Languages related to Finnish include Estonian, Karelian, Vepsian, Võro and to a lesser extent, all Finno-Ugric Languages. ...  Officially monolingual Finnish-speaking municipalities (Sami bilingual municipalities not shown)  Bilingual municipalities with Finnish as the majority language  Bilingual municipalities with Swedish as the majority language  Monolingual Swedish-speaking municipalities (including Ã…land) More than 17,000 Swedish Finns live in officially monolingual Finnish municipalities, and are thus not represented on... This article is about the U.S. state. ... ... // Possession of Citizenship U.S. citizens have the right to participate in the political system of the United States (with reservations for prisoners, ex-prisoners, and naturalized persons), are represented and protected abroad by the United States (through U.S. embassies and consulates), and are allowed to reside in the... John Bayard Anderson (born February 15, 1922) was a liberal Republican U.S. Representative from Illinois and presidential candidate in the 1980 election. ... For the pop band, see Presidents of the United States of America. ... Sather Tower (the Campanile) looking out over the San Francisco Bay and Mount Tamalpais. ... The Phi Beta Kappa Society is an honor society which considers its mission to be fostering and recognizing excellence in undergraduate liberal arts and sciences. ... A bachelors degree is usually an undergraduate academic degree awarded for a course or major that generally lasts for three, four, or in some cases and countries, five or six years. ... J.D. redirects here. ... Harvard Law School (colloquially, Harvard Law or HLS) is one of the professional graduate schools of Harvard University. ... Damon J. Keith (b. ... The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit is a federal court with appellate jurisdiction over the following United States District Courts: Western and Eastern Districts of Kentucky Western and Eastern Districts of Michigan Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio Western, Middle, and Eastern Districts of Tennessee The... In situations where the head of state or government is a woman, the term First Gentleman is sometimes used to mirror the term First Lady. ... Daniel Granholm Mulhern (born January 3, 1958) is the First Gentleman (husband of Jennifer Granholm, the governor) of the U.S. state of Michigan. ... United States Attorneys represent the U.S. federal government in United States district court. ... The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan is the Federal district court with jurisdiction consisting of the eastern portion of the state of Michigan. ... Wayne County is a county in the U.S. state of Michigan. ...


Granholm, like California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, was once a contestant on the daytime television game show The Dating Game.[3] Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger (German IPA: ; born July 30, 1947) is an Austrian-American bodybuilder, Golden Globe-winning actor, businessman and politician currently serving as the 38th Governor of the U.S. state of California. ... The Dating Game was an ABC television show that first aired on December 20, 1965 and was the first of many shows created and packaged by Chuck Barris from the 1960s through the 1980s. ...


Michigan Attorney General

Granholm was elected Michigan Attorney General in 1998, defeating the Republican nominee, John Smietanka, 52% - 48%. She was the first female to hold that position, serving for four years (1999-2002) and focusing on protecting citizens and consumers, and establishing Michigan's first HighTech Crime Unit. After the September 11, 2001 attacks, Granholm directed state agencies to work with lawmakers in keeping the fight against terrorism within the powers of the state. She also imposed a regulation on gasoline dealers to keep them from raising prices dramatically, something which occurred sporadically across Michigan immediately following the attacks. In the election of 2002, she defeated former Governor James Blanchard and US House Democratic Whip David Bonior in the Democratic primary, and then went on to win the general election against the Republican nominee, Lieutenant Governor Dick Posthumus, to become governor. The Michigan Attorneys General is an elected official in the U.S. state of Michigan. ... A sequential look at United Flight 175 crashing into the south tower of the World Trade Center The September 11, 2001 attacks (often referred to as 9/11—pronounced nine eleven or nine one one) consisted of a series of coordinated terrorist[1] suicide attacks upon the United States, predominantly... James Johnston Blanchard (b. ... David Edward Bonior (born June 6, 1945) was a politician from the U.S. state of Michigan, serving for 26 years in the U.S. House of Representatives. ... The Michigan Republican Party is the state affiliate of the national Republican Party. ... Richard Posthumus (born 19 July 1950), American politician, is a former State Senate Majority leader and Republican gubernatorial candidate from Michigan. ...


Governor

Granholm was sworn in as the 47th Governor of the state of Michigan on January 1, 2003. The main issue facing the governor has been the massive budget deficit. Granholm has had to eliminate upwards of $200 per person from state budget expenditures. She has emphasized the need for the state to attract young people and businesses to Michigan. As Governor, she is a member of the National Governors Association and Policy Chairwoman of the Democratic Governors Association. She lives in the official Michigan Governor's Residence located near the Capitol Building. is the 1st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The National Governors Association (NGA) is an organization of the governors of the fifty U.S. states and five U.S. territories (American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands). ... The Democratic Governors Association is a Washington, D.C.-based organization founded in 1983, consisting of U.S. state and territorial governors affiliated with the Democratic Party. ... There are two official Governors Residences in the U.S. state of Michigan. ...


In 2003, Granholm ran five miles across the Mackinac Bridge, which connects the state's two peninsulas, in 47 minutes during the Mackinac Bridge Walk. Her run began a new tradition, and 2004 saw the first annual Governor’s Labor Day Bridge Run[4] held hours before the Annual Bridge Walk. This time she finished the run in under 45 minutes. After joining her husband Daniel Mulhern for the last two miles of his October 24, 2004 Detroit Free Press/Flagstar Bank Marathon run, Granholm remarked "I would love to run a marathon before I'm 50." The Mackinac Bridge (pronounced , with a silent c), is a suspension bridge spanning the Straits of Mackinac to connect the non-contiguous Upper and Lower peninsulas of the U.S. state of Michigan. ... The Mackinac Bridge Walk is held every Labor Day in Michigan. ... Daniel Granholm Mulhern (born January 3, 1958) is the First Gentleman (husband of Jennifer Granholm, the governor) of the U.S. state of Michigan. ... is the 297th day of the year (298th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Detroit Free Press/Flagstar Bank Marathon is a 26. ... Modern day marathon runners The word marathon refers to a long-distance road running event of 42. ...


At an awards ceremony October 28, 2004, Granholm was inducted into the "Michigan Women's Hall of Fame". She has also been the recipient of the Michigan Jaycees 1999 "Outstanding Young Michiganders" and the YWCA "Woman of the Year" awards. is the 301st day of the year (302nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The history of the Michigan Womens Hall of Fame is available online at michiganwomenshalloffame. ... The United States Junior Chamber or Jaycees is an organization aimed at individuals aged 21 to 39 to help them in business and their professional careers. ... Not to be confused with YMCA. Neysa Moran McMein (1888-1949) Y.W.C.A. In Service for the Girls of the World, Poster, 1919 The YWCA (Young Womens Christian Association) is a womens membership movement that strives to create opportunities for womens growth, leadership and power...


In February 2005, Michigan's Republican-dominated Legislature refused to vote on Granholm's proposed state budget, citing concerns over cuts to state funding for higher education.[5] In the previous years of Granholm's term, many cuts to higher education had been demanded and voted in the Legislature in order to balance the state budget. The year before, Republican leaders had called Granholm a "do-nothing Governor", claiming that she failed to lead, while Democrats accused legislative Republicans of being obstructionist. In January 2005, Granholm presented an early budget proposal, demanded immediate response from the Legislature, and held a press conference outlining the highlights of the proposed budget. After refusing to consider, debate, or vote on the proposed budget, Republicans stated they would prefer that the Legislature have more involvement in the formation of the state budget.[6]


In March 2005, Granholm sought to withhold awarding scholarships earned through the MEAP scholarship program in order to trim an estimated $9 million off the state budget. The program awards $500 college scholarships to 11th-grade students that perform well on the MEAP standardized test. Granholm argued that the state had no internal means of determining which students had earned the scholarships. After much criticism, notably from the Detroit Free Press, local area lawyers, and parents (who claimed to have received, and did produce, official letters promising the money), she awarded the students their scholarships, though the state's budget difficulties remained unresolved. Liz Boyd, a representative for Granholm, said though “In many regards, it was a hollow promise made by the Engler administration. They cut revenue and didn’t cut spending and we are still reeling from the effects of those decisions today.”[7] The Michigan Educational Assessment Program, commonly known as the MEAP test, is a standardized test. ... Along with The Detroit News, the Detroit Free Press is one of the two major metro Detroit newspapers. ...

Gov. Granholm with Condoleezza Rice and other Governors.
Gov. Granholm with Condoleezza Rice and other Governors.

Granholm left for Japan on July 22, 2005, along with Michigan State University president Lou Anna K. Simon, and Department of Labor and Economic Growth Director (and former Lansing mayor) David Hollister. Their trip was planned, for the purpose of emphasizing Michigan as "the North American intersection of cutting-edge research, life sciences talent and high-tech innovation". They met with Shiga Prefecture Governor Yoshitsu Kunimatsu, Toyota president Katsuaki Watanabe and the representatives of 150 Japanese automotive, biotech, and human sciences companies. On the first day of the five-day trip, Monday, the 25th, Granholm led a seminar of 65 Japanese auto-related companies at the 2005 World Expo in Nagakute, Aichi. On the 26th, Granholm met with DENSO Corp. (employing 4,500 workers in Michigan) President and CEO Koichi Fukaya at the company's D-Square facility in Kariya, Aichi. Granholm then met with Gov. Yoshitsu Kunimatsu aboard the Michigan paddlewheel boat on Shiga's Lake Biwa, Japan's largest freshwater lake. Like the Great Lakes (which surround Michigan), Lake Biwa has a history of fighting against an influx of invasive species, the Prefecture paying bounties to fishermen and hiring 43 official catchers to curb the growth of species which threaten the natural freshwater ecosystem. Shiga Prefecture is Michigan's "sister state", selected in 1968 due to their similarity in sharing their nation's largest freshwater resource. Granholm returned to work in Michigan the next Monday.[8][9] She also signed a legislation to keep steroids out of schools and requiring school boards to write their own steroid policies, though the stance did not go as far as random drug testing of athletes.[10] She is trying to establish a $4000 scholarship for each Michigan college student.[1][2] Image File history File links Condoleezza_Rice_with_Governors. ... Image File history File links Condoleezza_Rice_with_Governors. ... Condoleezza Rice (born November 14, 1954) is the 66th United States Secretary of State, and the second in the administration of President George W. Bush to hold the office. ... is the 203rd day of the year (204th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... 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. ... Lou Anna Kimsey Simon is the 20th and current president of Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. ... Location in Ingham County, Michigan1 Coordinates: Country United States State Michigan County Ingham, Eaton Settled 1835 Incorporation 1859 Government  - Type Strong Mayor-Council  - Mayor Virg Bernero (D) Area  - City  35. ... David Hollister was a legislator in Michigan and then served as the mayor of Lansing, Michigan during 1990s, until he resigned to be the director of the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth under Michigan Govenor Jennifer Granholms administration. ... North American redirects here. ... Shiga Prefecture from outer space. ... This article is about the automaker. ... Katsuaki Watanabe (born 1942) is president of Toyota Motor Corporation. ... A part of the Global Loop at Expo 2005 Expo with the Corporate Pavilions in the background Wonder Circus, the Electric Power Pavilion Expo 2005 was the Worlds Fair held in Aichi Prefecture, Japan, east of the city of Nagoya. ... Nagakute (長久手町; -cho) is a town located in Aichi District, Aichi, Japan. ... DENSO Corporation (株式会社デンソー) TYO: 6902 is a global automotive components manufacturer headquartered in the city of Kariya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan. ... Kariya redirects here. ... Lake Biwa ), formerly known as ÅŒmi Lake, is the largest fresh water lake in Japan, located in Shiga Prefecture (west-central Honshu), northeast of the former capital city of Kyoto. ... Fresh water redirects here. ... 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. ... Lantana invasion of abandoned citrus plantation; Moshav Sdey Hemed, Israel The term invasive species refers to a subset of introduced species or non-indigenous species that are rapidly expanding outside of their native range. ... A bounty is often offered by a group as an incentive for the accomplishment of a task by someone usually not associated with the group. ... A coral reef near the Hawaiian islands is an example of a complex marine ecosystem. ... This article is about the chemical family of steroids. ...


2006 campaign

Jennifer Granholm during the 2006 campaign
Jennifer Granholm during the 2006 campaign

Granholm ran for a second term in the 2006 election. Her opponents were Republican businessman and politician Dick DeVos, Libertarian Gregory Creswell, Green Douglas Campbell, and the Constitution (US Taxpayers) Party candidate Bhagwan Dashairya.[3] Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (792x1362, 370 KB) This image was originally posted to Flickr as Madame Governor. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (792x1362, 370 KB) This image was originally posted to Flickr as Madame Governor. ... Jennifer Granholm during the 2006 campaign Dick DeVos, the GOP candidate for governor. ... Jennifer Granholm during the 2006 campaign Dick DeVos, the GOP candidate for governor. ... 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. ... Dick DeVos Dick DeVos (born Richard DeVos, Jr. ... // The Libertarian Party of Michigan was founded in Taylor, Michigan in 1972 [1] and remains active. ... Gregory Creswell Gregory “Greg” Creswell (born February 1, 1957)[1] is a Libertarian politician from Michigan who stood out amoung minor party gubernatorial candidates, and was instrumental in the passage of a ballot initiative that was opposed by many of the states prominant opinion leaders. ... This article is about the American political party, Green Party. ... Douglas Campbell in 2002 Main article: Michigan gubernatorial election, 2006 Douglas Campbell (born March 31, 1959)[1] was a two time (2002 and 2006) candidate for Governor of Michigan. ... The Constitution Party is a conservative United States political party. ... Main article: Michigan gubernatorial election, 2006 Bhagwan Dashairya (born October 15, 1938)[1] was the 2006 US Taxpayer Party candidate for Governor of Michigan. ...


The state's unemployment rate hovered around 7% for much of her term. Additionally, Michigan ranked #49 in retaining young adults between 2000 and 2005, again attributed to the sluggish economy.[11][12]


Both the Granholm campaign and the Michigan Democratic Party put out television commercials which focused on the Governor's efforts to revive Michigan's economy and accused DeVos of cutting Michigan jobs while he was head of what was then called Amway. [4] The Michigan Democratic Party is the state-level party of the United States Democratic Party in Michigan. ... Dick DeVos Dick DeVos (born Richard DeVos, Jr. ...


Granholm won re-election, defeating DeVos. The margin (rounded to the nearest percent) was 56% (Granholm), 42% (DeVos), 1% (Creswell), 1% (Campbell) and <1% (Dashairya).[5]. Granholm polled 4.9% higher than she did in her first gubernatorial election in 2002. Dick DeVos Dick DeVos (born Richard DeVos, Jr. ... Gregory Creswell Gregory “Greg” Creswell (born February 1, 1957)[1] is a Libertarian politician from Michigan who stood out amoung minor party gubernatorial candidates, and was instrumental in the passage of a ballot initiative that was opposed by many of the states prominant opinion leaders. ... Douglas Campbell in 2002 Main article: Michigan gubernatorial election, 2006 Douglas Campbell (born March 31, 1959)[1] was a two time (2002 and 2006) candidate for Governor of Michigan. ... Main article: Michigan gubernatorial election, 2006 Bhagwan Dashairya (born October 15, 1938)[1] was the 2006 US Taxpayer Party candidate for Governor of Michigan. ...


Second term

The 2006 elections saw a return to power by the Democrats in the Michigan State House of Representatives but the retention of Republican control over the Michigan Senate. The partisan division of power in Michigan's state government led to a showdown between Granholm and Republican lawmakers over the FY2008 state budget that resulted in a four-hour shutdown of non-essential state services in the early morning of October 1, 2007 until a budget was passed and signed. [13] The budget cut services, increased the state income tax and created a new set of service taxes on a variety of business activities, from ski lift tickets to interior design and landscaping, to address a state budget shortfall. As a result of the controversial budget, some taxpayer and business advocates called for a recall campaign against Granholm and lawmakers who voted for the tax increases.[14] 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. ...


The budget crisis eventually led Standard & Poors to downgrade Michigan's credit rating from AA to AA-. Additionally, the crisis contributed to sinking approval ratings for Granholm, which stood at 43% in August 2007[15], to a low of 32% in December 2007. The divided Michigan legislature received an even lower approval rating of 18% in the same poll.[16]. Standard & Poors (S&P) is a division of McGraw-Hill that publishes financial research and analysis on stocks and bonds. ... In investment, the credit rating assesses the credit worthiness of a corporation. ... August is the eighth month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days. ... Look up December in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Granholm delivered her sixth State of the State address on January 29, 2008. The speech was focused mainly on creating jobs in Michigan's challenged economy through bringing alternative energy companies to Michigan. [17] Through passing a renewable portfolio standard, which would require that by 2015, 10 percent of Michigan's energy would come from renewable sources and 25 percent by 2025, Granholm expects the alternative energy industry to emerge in Michigan. [18] Granholm also called in the speech for an incentive package to offer tax breaks to filmmakers who shoot in Michigan and use local crews in production. A package of bills offering film industry incentives was approved by both houses of the Michigan Legislature and signed into law by Granholm on April 7, 2008.[19] is the 29th day of the year 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. ... Alternative energy is energy derived from sources that do not harm the environment or deplete the Earths natural resources. ... For the video game developer, see 2015, Inc. ... 2025 (MMXXV) will be a common year starting on Tuesday in the Gregorian Calendar. ... April 7 is the 97th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (98th in leap years). ... 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. ...


Meanwhile, the 2008 presidential campaign has had a substantial impact on Michigan. Republican contender Mitt Romney, a Michigan native and son of former governor George Romney, formally announced his candidacy at The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn. Furthermore, partially because of pressure from Granholm, Michigan's Democratic presidential primary was moved up to January 15, leading the Democratic National Committee to strip the Michigan Democratic Party of its delegates (Michigan historically held its caucuses on February 9). Granholm has been named a likely candidate for United States Attorney General in any Democratic administration. The United States presidential election of 2008, scheduled to be held on November 4, 2008, will be the 55th consecutive quadrennial president and vice president of the United States. ... Willard Mitt Romney (born March 12, 1947) was the 70th Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. ... George Wilcken Romney (July 8, 1907 – July 26, 1995) was chairman of the American Motors Corporation from 1954 to 1962 and was elected three times as the Republican Governor of Michigan from 1963 to 1969. ... A Ford Model T, used for giving tourist rides, is shown above at Greenfield Village. ... For other uses, see Museum (disambiguation). ... Location in Michigan Coordinates: , Country United States State Michigan County Wayne County Government  - Mayor John B. O’Reilly, Jr. ... This article is about the nomination process. ... is the 15th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... The Democratic National Committee (DNC) is the principal organization governing the United States Democratic Party on a day to day basis. ... The Michigan Democratic Party is the state-level party of the United States Democratic Party in Michigan. ... is the 40th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Seal of the United States Department of Justice The United States Attorney General is the head of the United States Department of Justice (see 28 U.S.C. Â§ 503) concerned with legal affairs and is the chief law enforcement officer of the United States government. ...


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Controversies

Wayne County contracts

Granholm was accused in the 2002 Democratic primary of several allegations of cronyism while working as Wayne County Corporation Counsel.


Her husband Daniel Mulhern had received several no-bid contracts for his leadership training company shortly after Granholm left her position as a Wayne County Corporation Counsel in 1998. He received nearly $300,000 worth of contracts, despite being the highest bidder for one of those contracts. Opponents criticized Granholm supporters for engaging in cronyism and giving contracts to her husband immediately after leaving county employment. Granholm and her supporters responded that no ethical violations occurred and that Mulhern had earned the contracts on his own merits.[20]


Former Michigan Governor Jim Blanchard and former Representative David Bonior faced Granholm in the Democratic primary and criticized her handling of contracting procedures at Detroit Metro Airport. Granholm was Wayne County Corporation Counsel when the questionable corporate contracts on two parking projects took place from "an apparent pattern of cronyism and no-bid contracts," which prompted investigation by the FBI and by state and local auditors. She ordered a review as state Attorney General. Blanchard and Bonior criticized her for "reviewing" the project rather than ordering a full investigation, and Bonior insisted that Granholm should remove herself from the case. Granholm defended that she had taken the appropriate action and continued to oversee the review.[21][22][23] James Johnston Blanchard (born August 8, 1942) is a politician from the U.S. state of Michigan. ... David Edward Bonior (born June 6, 1945) was a politician from the U.S. state of Michigan, serving for 26 years in the U.S. House of Representatives. ...


Kilpatrick memo

Shortly before the 2002 gubernatorial election, a memo was released to reporters from Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick addressed to Granholm. It asked that in exchange for his support and Detroit votes, Granholm must provide jobs and appointments for Detroiters. The memo proposed numerous specific ways that Granholm could help if elected, including ensuring that 20% of new political appointees were African-American. Granholm’s opponent, Republican Lieutenant Governor Dick Posthumus, publicly denounced the “corrupt pact” between Kilpatrick and Granholm. Granholm said that she had never seen the memo, and she stated that she would never “respond to those kinds of demands.” In addition, Kilpatrick said he had not written the memo or signed off on its terms.[24] Motto: Speramus Meliora; Resurget Cineribus (We Hope For Better Things; It Shall Rise From the Ashes - this motto was adopted after the disastrous 1805 fire that devastated the city) Nickname: The Motor City and Motown Location in Wayne County, Michigan Founded Incorporated July 24, 1701 1815  County Wayne County Mayor... Kwame M. Kilpatrick (born June 6, 1970) is the mayor of Detroit, Michigan. ... Richard Posthumus (born 19 July 1950), American politician, is a former State Senate Majority leader and Republican gubernatorial candidate from Michigan. ...


Budget cuts and the Bible

During Granholm’s first year in office, she made a significant number of budget cuts. She was upset by proposals to cut state funding to social welfare programs, such as homeless shelters and mental health agencies. During an interview, she reflected on the proper perspective of budget cuts:

"Often those who cloak themselves in a cape of religiosity happen to be some who are the biggest cutters. Now, some of that can balance out. But when you get to cutting the services for the least of these -- in the 25th chapter of Matthew in the 37th verse the Lord says, 'Whatsoever you do to the least of these, so also you do unto me' -- that's when I question whether somebody is really living out the faith that they profess."

The interviewer noted that Granholm would be criticized, but she hoped that everyone would “keep those values in mind . . .through the budget process.” Betsy DeVos, the chairman of the Michigan Republican Party (1996-2000, 2003-05), was upset that Granhom had decided “to cloak her views on balancing the budget in religious terms in order to demonize her political opponents.” Granholm responded that she did not think her response was controversial, and she said that many people of faith are serving in state government.[25] Elisabeth (Betsy) DeVos is the former chairman of the Republican Party in the U.S. state of Michigan. ... The Michigan Republican Party is the state affiliate of the national Republican Party. ...


Electoral history

Michigan Gubernatorial Election 2002
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Jennifer Granholm 1,633,796 51.4 n/a
Republican Dick Posthumus 1,506,104 47.4 n/a
Green Douglas Campbell 25,236 0.8 n/a
Constitution Joseph Pilchak 12,411 0.4 n/a
none Write-in candidates 18 0.0 n/a
Majority
Turnout 3,177,565 100
Democratic gain from Republican Swing
Michigan Gubernatorial Election 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Jennifer Granholm (Incumbent) 2,142,513 56.3 +4.9
Republican Dick DeVos 1,608,086 42.3
Libertarian Greg Creswell 23,524 0.6 n/a
Green Douglas Campbell 20,009 0.5 -0.3
Constitution Bhagwan Dashairya 7,087 0.2 -0.3
none Write-in candidates 37 0.0 n/a
Majority 534,427 14.0
Turnout 3,801,256 100 +19.6
Democratic hold Swing

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Notes

  1. ^ Reitwiesner, William Addams. "The Ancestors of Jennifer Granholm". WARGS (Personal website of William Addams Reitwiesner).
  2. ^ Skrivet av Elof Granholm. 'Loffes hemsida'. Loffe.net (website).
  3. ^ Clift, Eleano. "Jennifer Granholm: Brainy, Blond and Ready to Rumble". Newsweek (6 January 2007). MSNBC website. (Accessed 29 June 2007)
  4. ^ Governor’s Labor Day Bridge Run
  5. ^ Panels pass over Granholm plan to cut budget By Tim Martin (Source: Lansing State Journal, Feb. 16, 2005)
  6. ^ Granholm-GOP impasse stalls her agenda By Chris Andrews Source: Lansing State Journal, Apr. 17, 2005.
  7. ^ Amanda Pennington, House speaker knocks Granholm on MEAP, Source: The Michigan Daily, Feb 25, 2005.
  8. ^ Granholm: Michigan has much to offer Japan By Chris Andrews Sources: Lansing State Journal, July 23, 2005
  9. ^ Granholm Discusses Water Quality, Global Economy with Shiga Prefecture Governor Office of the Governor page at Michigan.gov website, July 26, 2005
  10. ^ Granholm signs legislation to keep steroids out of school Source: Associated Press, July 26, 2006
  11. ^ Aguilar, Louis. "Economic funk won't end in 2006", The Detroit News, December 4, 2005. Retrieved on 2006-10-18. 
  12. ^ "Brain Drain", The Detroit News, August 4, 2006. Retrieved on 2006-10-18. 
  13. ^ SOM - Governor Granholm Says Comprehensive Budget Solution Resolves State's Fiscal Crisis
  14. ^ Bell, Dawson. "Recall voices unite against Granholm", Detroit Free Press, October 4, 2007. 
  15. ^ http://www.wzzm13.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=63463
  16. ^ Granholm, Legislature too divided, voters say
  17. ^ Press coauthors=, Associated. "Alternative energy key in Granholm's State of the State address", M-Live, January 30, 2008. 
  18. ^ Andrews coauthors=, Chris. "Powering up: Granholm out to generate support for alternative-energy industry", Lansing State Journal url= http://www.wzzm13.com/news/specials/stateofmichigan_article.aspx?storyid=87226, February 5, 2008. 
  19. ^ Verrier coauthors=, Richard. "Michigan to court Hollywood with hefty incentives", Los Angeles Times, April 7, 2008. 
  20. ^ Selweski, Chad. "Granholm supporters helped her husband secure Wayne County contracts", Macomb Daily, January 13, 2002. Retrieved on 2006-11-13. 
  21. ^ "Hopefuls civil at last debate", Detroit Free Press, July 23, 2002. 
  22. ^ Christoff, Chris. "Granholm zooms up in poll for governor", Detroit Free Press, March 2, 2002. 
  23. ^ "Bonior asks for probe of Metro deals", Detroit Free Press, January 29, 2002. 
  24. ^ Bell, Dawson. "Granholm denies a deal with Kilpatrick", Detroit Free Press, October 1, 2002. 
  25. ^ "On cut, Granholm cites Bible, draws wrath", Detroit Free Press, January 3, 2004. 

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The 45-year-old Granholm, who was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, raised in California, and educated at Berkeley and Harvard Law School, settled in Detroit in the late 1980s with her husband, also a Harvard-educated lawyer and a Michigan native son.
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Jennifer Mulhern Granholm (born February 5, 1959) is the current Governor of the U.S. state of Michigan and is a member of the Democratic Party.
Granholm was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, in 1959, and her family moved to California when she was four.
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