Gretchen Esther Whitmer is a politician and a native of Michigan, United States. She is a Democrat, a mother of two and a stepmother of three.
Whitmer is the first woman to lead a Senate caucus in Michigan history and the 45th governor of the state. She and her first husband Gary Shrewsbury have two daughters namely Sherry Shrewsbury and Sydney Shrewsbury.
In 2011, Whitmer got married to dentist Marc P. Mallory, who has three children from his previous marriage namely Alex Mallory, Mason Mallory and Winston Mallory. Here are 13 more things about her:
- She was born on August 23, 1971 in Lansing, Michigan to Richard Whitmer and Sharon “Sherry” H. Reisig, who are both lawyers. She is the eldest child has two younger siblings.
- In 1981, her parents divorced. She and her siblings moved with their mother from Lansing to Grand Rapids, Michigan.
- In 1985, she worked at Burlingame Lumber in Grand Rapids. It was her first job.
- In 1989, she graduated from Forest Hills Central High School in Ada Township, Michigan.
- In 1993, she earned her bachelor’s degree in communications from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan.
- In 1998, she earned her Juris Doctor from Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University.
- From 1998 to 2000, she was an associate attorney at Dickinson Wright PLLC in Lansing.
- From January 1, 2001 to March 21, 2006, she served as the member of the Michigan House of Representatives.
- From March 21, 2006 to January 1, 2015, she was a member of the Michigan Senate from the 23rd district. She was the minority leader of the Michigan Senate from January 1, 2011 to January 1, 2015.
- In 2015, she was a lecturer at the Michigan State University. She taught Gender and the Law. From 2015 to 2016, she was a Towsley Policy Maker in Residence at Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy in Ann Harbor in Michigan.
- The Michigan’s 30th Judicial Circuit Court judges unanimously selected her to serve the remaining six months of the term of then outgoing Ingham County prosecutor Stuart Dunnings III, who was charged with 11 counts of involvement with a prostitute and four counts of willful neglect of duty. She served as the Ingram County prosecutor from July 21, 2016 to December 31, 2016.
- On January 1, 2019, she assumed office as the 49th governor of Michigan.
- Militia groups led by Adam Fox and Barry Croft planned to kidnap her before the 59th quadrennial U.S. presidential election on November 3, 2020. The Federal Bureau of Investigation thwarted the kidnapping plot on October 8, 2020 by arresting Fox, Croft and 11 other conspirators.