OnTheIssuesLogo

Jennifer Granholm on Principles & Values

Democratic Governor (MI)

 


Born in Canada; raised in California; elected in Michigan

Most of my supporters knew it was a fluke that I'd been elected governor at all. I wasn't even from Michigan. I'd been born in Canada and raised since the age of 4 in California's San Francisco Bay area, far from the factories and farms of the Midwest. My dad, Victor Ivar Granholm, is a gentleman and a Republican, a stoic Swede who never raises his voice. My mom, Shirley Dowden Granholm, is a pragmatic, earthy Newfoundlander. When I was little, my mom gave me 3 specific pieces of advice: "Don't talk about yourself--nobody wants to hear it--don't ask strangers for money, and don't wear your dress-up clothes every day." With that guidance, I have no idea how I ended up running for office.
Source: A Governor's Story, by Jennifer Granholm, p. 5-6 , Oct 1, 2005

Elected Attorney General on slogan, "I'll take your case!"

I worked as a successful federal prosecutor and then, beginning in 1994, as Wayne County corporation counsel, where I led the law department of Michigan's largest county. But in 1998, when Michigan Attorney General shocked political followers by announcing his retirement after 37 years on the job, a former Democratic Party chair began prodding me to "go for it."

So I leaped. Seven other candidates, all men, and none with my prosecutorial and civil law experience, vied for the spot. I built my campaign around a promise to fight for everyday people. "I'll take your case!" I told ripped-off consumers. "I'll take your case!" I told environmentalists eager to protect the waters of the Great Lakes. "I'll take your case!" I told parents who wanted to guard their children against online predators, and seniors who needed protection from financial con artists. I won the Democratic nomination and subsequently became Michigan's attorney general.

Source: A Governor's Story, by Jennifer Granholm, p. 10-11 , Oct 1, 2005

Other candidates on Principles & Values: Jennifer Granholm on other issues:
Incoming 2021 Biden Administration:
Attorney General:Xavier Becerra
Pres.:Joe Biden
DOT:Pete Buttigieg
HUD:Marcia Fudge
DOE:Jennifer Granholm
DOI:Deb Haaland
V.P.:Kamala Harris
Climate:John Kerry
Domestic Policy:Susan Rice
Public Liaison:Cedric Richmond
USDA:Tom Vilsack

Cabinet Archives:
Biden Cabinet
Biden Administration
Trump Administration
Biden Books
Trump Books
Obama Books
Bush Books
Former Trump Administration:
Pres.:Trump
V.P.:Pence
NSA:Bolton
HUD:Carson
DOT:Chao
ODNI:Coats
U.N.:Haley
SBA:McMahon
Staff:Mulvaney
USDA:Perdue
DOE:Perry
State:Pompeo
HHS:Price
A.G.:Sessions
State:Tillerson
DOI:Zinke

Former Obama Administration:
Pres.:Barack Obama
V.P.:Joe Biden
State:John Kerry
HUD:Julian Castro
State:Hillary Clinton
Staff:Rahm Emanuel

Former Bush Administration:
Pres.:George W. Bush
V.P.:Dick Cheney
State:Colin Powell
State:Condi Rice
EPA:Christie Whitman

Former Clinton Administration:
Pres.:PBill Clinton
V.P.:Al Gore
HUD:Andrew Cuomo
DOL:Robert Reich
A.G.:Janet Reno
Abortion
Budget/Economy
Civil Rights
Corporations
Crime
Drugs
Education
Energy/Oil
Environment
Families/Children
Foreign Policy
Free Trade
Govt. Reform
Gun Control
Health Care
Homeland Security
Immigration
Infrastructure/Technology
Jobs
Principles/Values
Social Security
Tax Reform
War/Iraq/Mideast
Welfare/Poverty
Search for...





Page last updated: Dec 21, 2020