Jackson County Proudly Welcomes Senator Debbie Stabenow to the 30th Annual Truman Gala
The Jackson County Democratic Committee and Truman Gala planning committee are happy to announce the 2017 keynote speaker will be Senator Debbie Stabenow of Michigan.
Born in Gladwin and raised in Clare, Debbie Stabenow knows what matters to Michigan. Elected to the United States Senate in 2000, she is respected for her ability to build coalitions to get things done for Michigan and our nation.
As Ranking Member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and as a member of the Senate Energy, Finance, and Budget Committees, she has a powerful and unique role to play in shaping our nation's manufacturing, health care, and agriculture policies, which are so critical to our future.
Among her many accomplishments, she has cut taxes for small businesses and passed initiatives to revitalize our manufacturing sector. Senator Stabenow authored a bipartisan Farm Bill that is strengthening Michigan agriculture and making unprecedented investments in protecting the Great Lakes. She has played a leading role in making positive reforms to health care, and she successfully passed far-reaching reforms to improve our nation’s mental health system.
Growing up in Clare, Debbie Stabenow learned the value of a hard-day's work from her parents. Her family owned the local Oldsmobile dealership, and her mother was Director of Nursing at the local hospital. She graduated at the top of her class from Clare High School and went on to receive her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Michigan State University. She worked with youth in the public schools before running for public office.
Senator Stabenow was inspired to first run for office after leading a successful effort to stop the closure of a local nursing home. She was elected to the Ingham County Board of Commissioners when she was 24 years old, and in just two years, was elected Chair of the Board. She was elected to the Michigan House of Representatives where she served for twelve years (1979-90) and to the State Senate where she served for four years (1991-94). Her influence as a State Legislator is evident throughout Michigan law - from Michigan's historic property tax cut and small business reforms, to nationally acclaimed legislation to protect children and families.
Elected to the U.S. Congress in 1996 representing Michigan's Eighth Congressional District, she made history in 2000 when she became the first woman from the State of Michigan elected to the United States Senate.
Creating jobs in Michigan is Senator Stabenow's top priority. She has committed herself to bringing jobs back to Michigan and to ensuring that Michigan is a destination for the jobs of the future. As Co-Chair of the bipartisan Senate Manufacturing Caucus, she has been a leader in leveling the playing field in international trade and for giving our workers the skills they need to excel in the international marketplace. As Senator Stabenow likes to say, “We want to export our products, not our jobs.” So she is fighting against countries that manipulate their currency to put American-made products at a competitive disadvantage. As new international trade agreements are being negotiated, Senator Stabenow has called for the removal of trade barriers that hurt American businesses. And she has made clear that if a trade agreement doesn’t work for our workers, then it doesn’t work for America, which is why she supports a race-to-the-top framework that would compel our trading partners to raise their standards on wages, environmental responsibility and working conditions.
Senator Stabenow is a great leader to speak to the importance of the working class, women in leadership, the environment and representing a politically diverse mid-western state. The Jackson County Democrats are very happy to host her and hear a message about connecting with voters and carrying the core message of Democratic values forward to the 2018 election and beyond.