Jennifer M. Granholm was elected governor of Michigan 2002. In 2006, she was re-elected with the largest number of votes ever cast for governor in Michigan. As Governor, Granholm led the state through a brutal economic downturn that resulted from a meltdown in the automotive and manufacturing sectors. She worked relentlessly to diversify the state’s economy, strengthen its auto industry, preserve the manufacturing sector, and add new, emerging sectors, such as clean energy, to Michigan’s economic portfolio.
Under her leadership, Michigan had the second highest rate of child health care coverage in the nation despite the economic challenges. She received praise for her commitment to the cultivating new jobs in Michigan. During her tenure as governor, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation brought in almost 4,000 companies or expansions projected to create 653,000 jobs. While serving as governor, Michigan was repeatedly named one of the top three states in the nation for business locations or expansions and was twice recognized by The Pew Center on the States as one of the best-managed states in the nation.
Prior to becoming governor, Granholm served as a judicial clerk for Michigan’s 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. She became a federal prosecutor in Detroit in 1990, and in 1994, she was appointed Wayne County Corporation Counsel. Granholm was elected Michigan’s first female attorney general in 1998.
Granholm is a Distinguished Practitioner of Law and Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. She teaches a graduate course, Special Topics in Public Policy, at UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy. As an advisor to The Pew Charitable Trusts’ Clean Energy Program, Granholm led a national campaign for a national clean energy policy that promotes and funds research and manufacturing for wind, solar and advanced battery industries in the U.S.
Granholm and her husband, Dan Mulhern, recently authored the political bestseller, A Governor’s Story: The Fight for Jobs and America’s Economic Future, which tells how Michigan pioneered ways out of an economic storm—and offers proven advice for a nation desperate to create jobs. She is a regular contributor to NBC’s political talk show, “Meet the Press,” and has been the host of Current TV’s show, “The War Room with Jennifer Granholm” since January 2012.
Granholm is an honors graduate of both the University of California at Berkeley and Harvard Law School. She and her husband have three children.