Gretchen Whitmer Biography, Age, Family, Education, Children & Polls

Gretchen Whitmer Biography, Age, Family, Education, Children & Polls

Gretchen Whitmer Biography

Gretchen Whitmer is an American politician serving as the 49th governor of Michigan since January 2019. Whitmer was born (Gretchen Esther Whitmer) on August 23, 1971 in Lansing, Michigan, U.S. she served as a Michigan state representative from 2001 to 2006 and a Michigan state senator from 2006 to 2015.

Gretchen Whitmer Age

Whitmer was born (Gretchen Esther Whitmer) on August 23, 1971 in Lansing, Michigan, U.S. Whitmer is 47 years old as of 2018.

Gretchen Whitmer Family

Whitmer is the daughter of Sharon H. “Sherry” Reisig and Richard Whitmer, who were both lawyers. Whitmer’s father served as head of the state’s Department of Commerce under Governor William Milliken and was the president and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan between 1988 and 2006. Whitmer’s mother worked as an assistant attorney general under Michigan Attorney General Frank Kelley. Her parents divorced when she was 10 years old. Whitmer is the eldest of three children.

Gretchen Whitmer Education

She graduated from Forest Hills Central High School, just outside Grand Rapids. She received a BA in communications from Michigan State University in 1993 and a JD from Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University in 1998.

Gretchen Whitmer Husband

Whitmer married her first husband, Gary Shrewbury and later divorced. In 2011, she married Marc Mallory where both live in East Lansing, Michigan.

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Gretchen Whitmer Children

Whitmer has two children with Gary: Sherry and Sydney and three children of Marc from his previous marriage; Alex, Mason, and Winston

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Breaking: Whitmer talked to Trump about Detroit jobs announcement

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Published: February 26, 2019

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer told the Advance on Tuesday morning that the “historic Detroit jobs announcement” she’ll be at in an hour is something that President Donald Trump mentioned in his remarks to governors gathered at the White House Monday.

But the thing is, the president doesn’t know what that announcement is.

Whitmer also declined to say in the telephone interview what the project is, but she, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and Wayne County Executive Warren Evans are slated to reveal it at noon at the mayor’s office.

So here’s what happened, Whitmer said. She was at the White House over the weekend for the Governors’ Ball and was seated right next to Trump. So they had plenty of time to talk about the Great Lakes, tariffs, General Motors, economic development and more.

“He was critically observing General Motors [for job cuts] and I had simply acknowledged that we were going to have some good news here in Michigan. And he asked, ‘What?’ and I said, ‘I’m not at liberty to discuss it,’” Whitmer recalled said with a laugh.

Then at the Monday breakfast meeting titled the “2019 White House Business Session with Our Nation’s Governors,” Trump mentioned there will be some “very good news coming up soon” in Michigan.

“So he had alluded [on Monday] to something that I had alluded to,” Whitmer told the Advance. “… That’s why I didn’t tell him anything at dinner, ’cause I thought he might go and, you know, talk about it. I’m glad I didn’t tell him anything.”

At the state dinner, Trump complimented the group of governors.

“This has been a — really, a great couple of days. We’ve had a lot of fun together. And it’s been, you know, very special,” he said. “We’ve gotten to know each other. We’ve gotten to like each other, in almost all cases. Let’s see — one or two cases. Every case, I would say. Every single case.”

In the meeting with governors, Trump also slammed NAFTA and its impact on states like Michigan.

“I’ve long said that NAFTA is the worst trade deal that anyone has ever signed … this deal will bring it back,” Trump said, adding that his trade deal would open Canada and Mexico to farmers.

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