Who is Gretchen Whitmer?

Gretchen Ester Whitmer is an American politician who is the Governor of Michigan. She is serving as the 49th governor since 2019. She was a Democratic member of the Michigan State Senate, representing District 23 from 2006 to 2015. Gretchen Whitmer also served in the Michigan House of Representatives from 2001 to 2006. In addition to her political career, she is a lawyer and an educator. She is appreciated for being sincere and loyal to the citizens of Michigan.

Personal Details on Gretchen Whitmer
Real NameGretchen Ester Whitmer
Nick Name Gretchen Whitmer
Date Of BirthAugust 23, 1971
Age49 years old
ProfessionPolitician, Lawyer
Birth PlaceLansing, Michigan, U.S.
Political PartyDemocratic
FatherRichard Whitmer
MotherSherry Whitmer
EducationMichigan State University (BA, JD)
Marital StatusMarried
SpouseGary Shrewsbury (div.)Marc Mallory (m.2011)
Children Five
Social MediaInstagram/Twitter/Facebook
Net Worth$500 Thousand (approx.)
Zodiac SignVirgo
Height5 feet 8 inches
Gretchen Whitmer Age, Birthday

Gretchen Whitmer was born on  August 23, 1971. She is from a beautiful hometown Lansing, Michigan, U.S.A. She is forty-nine years old as of October 2020. She celebrates her birthday on August 23, every year.

Gretchen Whitmer Height, Weight and Physical Status

Height: 5 feet 8 inches

Weight: 64 kg

Body Measurement: 35-25-37 inches

Hair Color: Blonde

Eye Color: Hazel

Shoe Size: 8 (US)

Gretchen Whitmer Early Life, Childhood

Gretchen Whitmer was born and raised in Lansing, Michigan. She is the eldest child of Richard Whitmer and Sherry Whitmer. Her father was the head of the Michigan Department of Commerce under Governor William Milliken, also president and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. Gretchen’s mother was an assistant attorney general under Attorney General Frank Kelley. Her parents divorced when she was ten years old. Then she along with her mother and siblings moved to Grand Rapids. Her father used to visit them once a week.

Gretchen Whitmer Education

Gretchen Whitmer completed her high school from Forest Hills Central High School. She gained a Bachelor of Arts in communication from Michigan State University in 1993. She also earned Juris Doctor from Detroit College of Law at   Michigan State University in  1998.

Gretchen Whitmer Career

Gretchen Whitmer began her first job at the age of fourteen at Burlingame Lumber in Grand Rapids. She also worked at the Royal Fork Buffet and Target.

Whitmer began her political career journey in the 1990s. She ran for the Michigan House of Representatives in the 1990s but did not succeed. Again in 2000, she tried and was elected to represent the 23rd legislative district. She was reelected in the years 2006 and 2010.

Gretchen Whitmer won a special election, Michigan State Senate in March 2006. She was elected to a full term in November 2006 and reelected in 2010. In 2011, Whitmer’s friend without any opposition chose her to be the Senate Democratic Leader. She was the first lady to lead a party caucus in the Senate. She continued her role for a long time. Term limits prohibited Gretchenfrom running for reelection in 2014. Then, she left office in 2015. Gretchen Whitmer received national recognition in 2013 when she discussed her experience of being sexually assaulted. She explained her story during a debate about abortion rights. She argued on rape victims should be allowed to terminate pregnancies resulting from rape.

On May 11, 2016, it was announced that the judges of Michigan’s 30th Judicial Circuit Court had unanimously selected Whitmer to serve the remaining six months of the term of outgoing Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings III after his arrest on March 14, 2016. He was charged with 11 counts of involvement with a prostitute and four counts of willful neglecting duty. On March 29, 2016, in a letter, Dunnings announced he would resign on July 2. On June 21, 2016, Whitmer was administered the oath of office as a prosecutor by Janelle Lawless, Ingham County Circuit Court Chief Judge. She explained her priorities during her six-month term would be to determine if other officials knew about Dunning’s alleged crimes in the prosecutor’s office and the involvement of the office to handle domestic violence and several assault cases. On July 22, 2016, she issued an 11-page report on Dunning’s alleged criminal activity.

Gretchen Whitmer announced her interest to run in the 2018 Michigan gubernatorial race on January 3, 2017. She became the Democratic nominee for governor of Michigan on August 7, 2018. She won the Democratic primary election in all 83 countries in the state. In July 2018, Republic officials accused her of supporting the moment to abolish ICE. She explained would involve improving schools, roads, and water systems. She met her main opponent, Republican Bill Schutte for a debate in Grand Rapids at WOOD-TV on October 12, 2018. Again on October 24, the second debate was held at WDIV studios in Detroit Whitmer won the election on November 6 by a 10 point margin.

Gretchen Whitmer was selected in order to deliver the response of the democratic party to Donald Trump’s 2020 state of Union Address in February 2020.

Gretchen Whitmer Husband, Children 

Gretchen Whitmer is a married woman. The marriage relationship with her first husband, Gary Shrewsbury did not work well. So, they got separated. And in 2011, she married Marc Mallory, a dentist.

Gretchen had two daughters named Sydney and Sherry Shrewsbury with her first husband. And Marc had three sons from his previous marriage named Alex, Mason, and Winston Mallory. Whitmer and Mallory live in East Lansing, Michigan with their five children.

Gretchen Whitmer Net Worth

 Whitmer has been a politician for a long time. She also belongs to a rich family. Gretchen Whitmer’s net worth is estimated to be around $500 thousand USD as of 2020. It is reported that the Michigan governor’s salary is $159,300 per year. She earns huge money from being a successful politician.

Gretchen Whitmer’s Role in COVID-19 pandemic

In March 2020, Gretchen Whitmer issued a stay-at-home order in response to the coronavirus pandemic. A March poll found that 69% of Michigan residents supported Whitmer’s action. After Whitmer elongated the order and tightened restrictions, an eight-hour long protest against restrictions was held in response. But more than 1,900 people died who were involved at the time of protest. On October 2, 2020, a petition was submitted allowing Whitmer emergency powers during the pandemic.

Gretchen Whitmer Social Media Accounts

Instagram: @gewhitmer

Followers: 127k

Twitter: @GovWhitmer

Followers: 359.1k

Facebook: @GovGretchenWhitmer

Followers: 357.5k

Website: www.michigan.gov/whitmer

Other Facts:
  • Gretchen Whitmer has proposed to offer two years of debt-free higher education to all high school students.
  • Gretchen Whitmer proposed increasing the gasoline tax 45 cents per gallon in March 2019, to fund for road repairs.
Gretchen Whitmer Social Media Account Links

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