Debbie Stabenow

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Debbie Stabenow
U.S. Junior Senator, Michigan
Party Democratic
Assumed office (class 1)

January 3, 2001
Serving with Carl Levin

Preceded by Spencer Abraham
Born April 29, 1950
Spouse Tom Athans
Religion United Methodist

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Deborah Ann Stabenow (born April 29, 1950) is a member of the Democratic Party and the junior U.S Senator from Michigan.



Stabenow has been a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, serving two terms representing Michigan’s Eighth Congressional District. In 2000, Stabenow defeated Senator Spencer Abraham. She was the first woman from Michigan elected to the U.S. Senate, and along with Washington's Maria Cantwell the first woman to defeat an incumbent senator.

Senator Stabenow grew up in the small town of Clare, Michigan. She attended Michigan State University, where she received her Bachelor's (1972) and Masters (1975) degrees. She worked with youth in the public schools before running for public office. [1]

She was first elected to the Ingham County Board of Commissioners in 1974 and was the youngest person and first woman to chair the Board (1977 78). She was elected to the Michigan House of Representatives where she served for twelve years (1979 90) and rose in leadership, becoming the first woman to preside over the House. She served in the State Senate for four years (1991 94) and was elected to Congress in 1996 where she served two terms representing Michigan’s Eighth Congressional District. She won election to the U.S. Senate in 2000. [2]

Senate committees:

  • Senate Committee on Budget
    • Chairman, Subcommittee on Rural Revitalization, Conservation, Forestry, and Credit
    • Member, Subcommittee on Domestic and Foreign Marketing, Inspection, and Plant and Animal Health
    • Member, Subcommittee on Nutrition and Food Assistance, Sustainable and Organic Agriculture, and General Legislation
  • Senate Committee on Finance
    • Member, Subcommittee on Health Care
    • Member, Subcommittee on International Trade and Global Competitiveness
    • Member, Subcommittee on Taxation, IRS Oversight, and Long-term Growth
  • Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry

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