Debbie Stabenow

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Debbie Stabenow
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Senior U.S. Senator from Michigan
From: January 3, 2001 – present
Predecessor Spencer Abraham
Successor Incumbent (no successor)
Former U.S. Representative from Michigan's 8th Congressional District
From: January 3, 1997 – January 3, 2001
Predecessor Dick Chrysler
Successor Michael J. Rogers
Michigan Senate, 24th District
From: January 12, 1991 – January 14, 1994
Predecessor William A. Sederburg
Successor Joe Schwartz
Michigan House of Representatives, 58th District
From: January 6, 1979 – January 12, 1991
Predecessor Thomas Holcomb
Successor Dianne Byrum
Party Democrat
Spouse(s) Dennis Stabenow (div.)
Tom Athans (div.)
Religion Methodist[1]

Deborah Ann “Debbie” Stabenow (born Deborah Ann Greer on April 29, 1950 (age 73)), a Democrat, is the senior United States Senator from Michigan. She was elected to the Senate in 2000 and re-elected in 2006, 2012, and 2018. Before becoming a U.S. Senator, Stabenow represented Michigan's 8th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives (1997-2001) and served in the Michigan state legislature (1979-1994).

U.S. Senate

Corporate cronyism

Stabenow, an ally of Monsanto, voted against a bill that would have required labeling for foods that contain GMOs.[2] In return, she received three-quarter million dollars from agribusiness interests.[3]

Trump nomination obstructions

Jeff Sessions

Stabenow opposed the nomination of Jeff Sessions to become attorney general in 2017, citing his "sketchy record on civil issues".[4] Stabenow, either out of ignorance or sheer partisan rancor, did not mention that Sessions had previously desegregated schools, broke up the KKK, and secured the death penalty for a white supremacist who murdered a black teenager.[5]

Eugene Scalia

Stabenow voted with her party line against the nomination of Eugene Scalia to become the Secretary of Labor.[6]

Tom Leonard

Stabenow, along with Michigan's junior senator Gary Peters, blocked Trump's nomination of Tom Leonard to be a federal prosecutor in Grand Rapids.[7]

Political positions

While considered a moderate by some on due to her stances on certain issues, such as bank deregulation,[8] Stabenow is a liberal who supports unrestricted abortion, the Obama stimulus, gun control, and ObamaCare.[9] However, she has a strong backing from many farmers that generally lean Republican,[10] as she supports many pro-agribusiness legislations and drafts, such as the USMCA.[11]


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