Deborah Ann Stabenow (/stable/ STAB-now; née Greer, April 29, 1950) is an American politician who has served as the senior United States senator for Michigan since 2001. After beating Republican incumbent Spencer Abraham in the 2000 election, she became the state’s first female U.S. senator as a member of the Democratic Party. She represented Michigan’s 8th congressional district in the US House of Representatives from 1997 to 2001 before being elected to the Senate. She previously served on the Board of Commissioners of Ingham County and in the Michigan State Legislature.
In 2006, 2012, and 2018, Stabenow was re-elected to the Senate. When Carl Levin retired in 2015, she became the state’s senior U.S. senator. From 2011 to 2015, and again through 2021, Stabenow chaired the Senate Agriculture Committee. In 2017, she was elected chair of the Senate Democratic Policy Committee. Following the retirement of Representative Fred Upton at the commencement of the 118th Congress, Stabenow will become the dean of the Michigan congressional delegation.
Early Years of Life, Education, and Employment
Stabenow Greer was born in Gladwin, Michigan, to Anna Merle (née Hallmark) and Robert Lee Greer. Clare, Michigan is where she was born and reared.
She was the first female class president and president of her junior class when she graduated from Clare High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in 1972 and a master’s degree in social work magna cum laude in 1975 from Michigan State University.
Estimated Net Worth
Debbie Stabenow has a net worth of $300,000. Stabenow chaired the Senate Agriculture Committee from 2011 to 2015. She was re-elected to the Senate for a fourth term in 2018. Carl Levin, the state’s senior U.S. Senator, resigned on January 3, 2015. In 2017, she was elected chair of the Senate Democratic Policy Committee.
Debby Stabenow was born on April 29, 1950, and is a well-known American politician. In 2001, he was elected to the United States Senate as a Democrat from Michigan.
From 1979 to 1990, she was the first woman to serve as Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives. According to astrology, Debbie Stabenow is a Taurus.
Stabenow is just the second Michigan legislator to serve in both the state legislature and the federal government.
Stabenow is also the first state legislator from Michigan to be elected to the United States Senate by Michigan voters (until the enactment of the Seventeenth Amendment to the United States Constitution in 1913, U.S. Senators were selected by the state legislature).
Her seven-year marriage to Tom Athans ended in divorce in 2010.
It was an exciting day in Grand Rapids! @USDA & I announced new opportunities for urban farmers in our state, including our first urban agriculture offices in Detroit & Grand Rapids.
The projects will put healthy food on the table, improve water quality, create new jobs, & more! pic.twitter.com/l95X8BqC7G
— Sen. Debbie Stabenow (@SenStabenow) June 4, 2022
The time has come for Debbie Stabenow to step down as chair of the board of commissioners. She ran for state representative against Tom Holcomb, a Michigan State Representative, in a primary election.
Stabenow was elected to the United States House of Representatives for the 58th congressional district as a consequence of her supporters’ support for her views. She served as a Michigan state representative from 1979 to 1990.
Debbie Stabenow, the first woman to preside over the House of Representatives, was a prominent figure for the Democratic Party in the House of Representatives.
Debbie Stabenow took over as senator when William A. Sederburg stepped down. She was elected in 1991 and served for one term, from 1991 to 1994.
Stabenow lost the Democratic primary in Michigan against Republican incumbent John Engler in the general election. US Congressman Howard Wolpe would win the primary with 35% of the vote
Stabenow was elected with 30% of the vote. Despite losing the Democratic primary to Wolpe, Stabenow was picked as Wolpe’s running mate.
Politics in Ingham County
While a graduate student at Michigan State University, Stabenow ran for public office for the first time in 1974, inspired by the threat of a local nursing home closing.
In November 1974, she was elected for the first time to the Ingham County Board of Commissioners, becoming only the third woman to do so. From 1975 until 1978, she was a member of the board of directors.
Stabenow was the first woman and the youngest person to chair the board of commissioners in 1977 and 1978. Before her, Ken Hope, one of her political mentors, served as chairperson. She was also instrumental in the establishment of a women’s commission in Ingham County.
Stabenow is a member of the United Methodist Church.
Stabenow’s first husband was Dennis Stabenow. Before divorcing in 1990, they had two children.
Stabenow married Tom Athans, co-founder of Democracy Radio and former executive vice president of Air America, in 2003. The consequence of this union is Gina, her stepdaughter. In 2008, Athans admits to hiring a prostitute. They divorced in 2010.
Stabenow portrayed the governor of an unknown state where Metropolis is located in the 2016 film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Because the scene was shot in Michigan and she is a supporter of film incentives, she was requested to appear.