Gretchen Whitmer is an American politician serving as the 49th Governor of Michigan. She is a member of the democratic party and served in the Michigan House of Representatives from 2001 to 2006 and in the Michigan State from 2006 to 2015. Of late she has obtained widespread coverage because of her drastic response to the COVID-19 outbreak. She declared a state of emergency on March 10 and on March 12, she announced the statewide closure of all K-12 school buildings, effective March 16 and extending through April 5. She has issued several executive orders in response to the outbreak some of which have been rescinded.
Gretchen Whitmer Biography
Gretchen Whitmer was born in 1971 in Lansing, Michigan and he is the eldest of three children to Sharon H. “Sherry” Reisig and Richard Whitmer, who were both lawyers. Her parents divorced when she was 10 years old and she had to move with her siblings with their mother to Grand Rapids. Her father traveled from his home in Detroit to visit the family at least once a week. Whitmer graduated from Forest Hills Central High School, just outside Grand Rapids. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Michigan State University in 1993 and a Juris Doctor from Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University in 1998.
Gretchen Whitmer Age
Gretchen Whitmer is 48 years old
Gretchen Whitmer Sexual Assualt Victim
When Gretchen Whitmer was a Michigan State Senator, she decided to speak out about her experience as a survivor of sexual assault. She was listening to the floor debate regarding more restrictive abortion legislation and was urging a colleague to speak out regarding him and his wife’s wrenching experience. Gov Whitmer told of being sexually assaulted 30 years ago in 1989 when she was a freshman at Michigan State University. She spoke of the power of coming forth as well how difficult that is considering that it took more than 20 years for her to tell her story. Speaking to about 200 community members and students at Let’s End Sexual Assault Summit at Eastern Michigan University, “I’ve been outspoken about my sexual assault for years, but it took me a long time to get there; over two decades to find the courage to tell my story, “Whitmer said.
Gretchen Whitmer Career
Gretchen Whitmer was elected to the Michigan House of Representatives in 2000 and she was reelected in 2002 and 2004. She later left the house and became a State Senator in March 2006. she was reelected in 2010 and in 2011 her Democratic colleagues unanimously chose her to be the Senate Democratic leader making her to be the first woman to lead a party caucus in the senate. During the 2018 election, Whitmer became the Democrat nominee for governor of Michigan. She won all 83 counties in the state in the Democratic primary. Whitmer’s main opponent was Republican Bill Schuette and Whitmer went ahead to defeat Schuette in the November 6 election by nearly a 10-point margin.
Gretchen Whitmer Husband
Gretchen Whitmer was initially married to Gary Shrewsbury. Together they have two children Sherry and Sydney Shrewsbury. The couple divorced and in 2011 she married dentist Marc Mallory who has three children from his previous marriage. Whitmer and Mallory live in East Lansing, Michigan, with her two daughters and his three sons.
Gretchen Whitmer COVID-19 Response
The State of Michigan has the fourth-highest number of cases in the U.S behind New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts. As of April 20, the State had reported 32000 cases with 2468 deaths. Because of the pandemic, Whitmer issued a stay-at-home order in March 2020 with the order extended and restrictions tightened in April. Michigan’s response to the coronavirus has caused an uproar and protests in Lansing and on Monday 20 April 2020, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addressed the critics of the shutdown, “We are taking a limited action for a limited time, to save people’s lives.” she added, “Who in this great state actually believes that they care more about jet skiing than saving the lives of the elderly or vulnerable?” Whitmer said the data surrounding the outbreak proves that the stay-at-home order is limiting the spread of the virus. “I’ve seen a 15% reduction in the last 12 days,” she said. “However, COVID-related hospitalizations remain high.”
She then said that she would be taking a 10 percent pay cut during the COVID-19 pandemic. She said that she intended to “lead by example” in taking the pay cut during the press conference on Monday. She also asked senior members of her staff to take a 5 percent pay reduction. However, it is unclear how long the pay cuts will be in effect.
Whitmer reminded Michiganders of President Donald Trump’s comment that fighting COVID-19 was like fighting a war, and said she agrees with that position. Evoking World War II comparisons, Whitmer said Americans were called to put aside political differences and do what need to be done to fight the virus. She said the fight would be over when the enemy was beaten. ” In World War II, there weren’t people lining up at the capitol to protest the fact that they had to drop everything they were doing and build planes or tanks, or to ration food.”
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer: "In World War II, there weren't people lining up at the capitol to protest the fact that they had to drop everything they were doing and build planes or tanks, or to ration food." pic.twitter.com/P42kreu3FV
— The Hill (@thehill) April 20, 2020
Trump has denounced the Democratic governor and her efforts to contain the virus, referring to her derisively as” the woman in Michigan” and “Half Whitmer.” Michigan is one of the three states that the president implored followers to “liberate” last week on Twitter. He also suggested that the protestors should ignore Whitmer and listen to him instead. However, a poll released on Monday suggested that a clear majority of Michigan residents prefer the governor’s response to advice by the president, 57 percent to 44 percent. The Governor also signed an executive order creating a task force and charging the members of finding ways of erasing the disparities in Michigan making the minorities suffer and die from coronavirus disease 2019. “We’re going to do everything we can to lower the risk of catching the virus, no matter the community, their race, or their social-economic status,” Whitmer said. “That’s why today I signed an executive order officially creating the Michigan coronavirus task force on racial disparities.”
Gretchen Whitmer Joe Biden Presidential Runningmate
With Gretchen Whitmer’s national profile rising dramatically in the past six weeks because of her COVID-19 response, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has confirmed that the 48-year-old first-term governor and rising political star is on the list of potential running mates. “Gov. Whitmer is an outstanding governor. She is one of the most talented people in the country in my view,” Biden said early April as the former vice president introduced the governor on the second edition of his newly launched podcast series.