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Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm
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Former two-term governor of Michigan Jennifer M. Granholm, who is credited with leading Michigan though a period of unprecedented economic challenge and change, is an authority on leadership; politics; economic diversification; clean energy policy; advanced manufacturing; and industrial clusters.

Granholm became the first woman to be elected as governor of Michigan in 2002, and in 2006 she was re-elected with the largest number of votes ever cast for governor in the state. Due to the meltdown in the auto industry and the global shift in manufacturing jobs, Michigan had the toughest economy in the nation and Granholm worked relentlessly to diversify, add new jobs and add emerging sectors, such as clean energy, to Michigan’s economic portfolio. As a result of her leadership, Michigan led the country in the improvement of job market conditions between 2009 and 2010, according to the Gallup Job Creation Index

As governor, Granholm pioneered clean energy policies, working with business and labor, Republicans and Democrats to create new economic opportunities and jobs in Michigan. She led an aggressive strategy to make Michigan the hub of clean-energy development in North America by developing entire supply chains in Michigan, fostering critical partnerships between industry, government and researchers and by creating economic incentives that made Michigan the place to locate. Granholm’s plan included specific clustering strategies targeted at battery manufacturing, bio-energy, solar, and wind power.

In addition to diversifying Michigan’s economy, Granholm focused on creating jobs, attracting international investment, improving education, and training Michigan’s workers to promote the state’s long-term economic health. She pushed Michigan to double the number of college graduates and signed into law a college prep curriculum for every high school student in Michigan, in addition to some of the toughest turnaround requirements for low-performing schools in the nation. In 2007, she launched the No Worker Left Behind program, which gave unemployed and under-employed citizens the opportunity to attend community college or technical school and receive training for high-demand jobs by offering state-paid tuition to Michigan’s displaced adults.

Prior to her tenure as Governor, Granholm served as Michigan’s attorney general, from 1998-2002. After her last term as Governor, Granholm began teaching courses in law and public policy at UC Berkeley, where she continues to serve as faculty. In addition, Granholm is a senior research fellow at the Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute, a project scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, a senior advisor to Correct the Record, and an ABC News contributor. She is also co-author of the political bestseller, A Governor’s Story: The Fight for Jobs and America’s Economic Future and an avid supporter of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, where she is a senior partner on energy policy.

Granholm is an honors graduate of UC Berkeley and Harvard Law School. She and her husband have three children.

Entries by Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm

Hillary Clinton Is the Best Choice to Attract and Grow Jobs in Michigan

(7) Comments | Posted March 6, 2016 | 1:13 AM

We had great news on Friday -- another 240,000 jobs created. Seventy-two straight months of private sector job growth. We've come a long way since the abyss of the recession.

Like many Michiganders, my memories of 2008-09 are still raw -- the auto industry entered bankruptcy and our manufacturing sector...

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President Obama's State of the Union: Defining Issue, Defining Leadership

(0) Comments | Posted January 11, 2016 | 8:15 AM

Tomorrow, President Obama will give his last State of the Union address. There are a number of issues he could focus on: a record 70 consecutive months of private-sector employment growth and cutting the unemployment rate in half, an historic healthcare law that brought insurance to millions, huge strides in...

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AG Schuette Joins Fight Against Renewable Energy, Michigan Jobs

(2) Comments | Posted November 11, 2015 | 6:33 PM

Last month, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette sided with some other state attorneys general by joining a lawsuit against the EPA's Clean Power Plan. The lawsuit is wrong on so many fronts, but on this one in particular: the Clean Power Plan (CPP) is a momentous opportunity to revitalize Michigan's...

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AG Schuette joins fight against renewable energy, Michigan jobs

(1) Comments | Posted November 11, 2015 | 5:33 PM

Last month, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette sided with some other state attorneys general by joining a lawsuit against the EPA's Clean Power Plan. The lawsuit is wrong on so many fronts, but on this one in particular: the Clean Power Plan (CPP) is a momentous opportunity to revitalize Michigan's...

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Top 10 Benghazi Facts

(83) Comments | Posted October 22, 2015 | 10:08 AM

Surprise! If you've been paying federal taxes for the past few years, then you've been funding a Republican hit job against Hillary Clinton. The House Select Committee on Benghazi's investigations have bilked -- in total -- around $4.7 million in taxpayer dollars for their relentless, shameless, fact-free pursuit of damaging...

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Pope and Change

(4) Comments | Posted September 24, 2015 | 3:17 PM

As a Catholic, I share the gratitude -- and joy! -- of so many that Pope Francis has re-centered the Church on the issues that Jesus truly prioritized in his teachings: mercy for the poor, comfort for the sick and a Kingdom on Earth that we can make heavenly through...

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Counting on Trump to Bring Fresh Perspectives to GOP Tonight? You May Be Disappointed

(111) Comments | Posted August 6, 2015 | 10:57 AM

If the ten Republican candidates on stage tonight all hold the exact same positions, is it really even a debate? Every standard old GOP platform policy will be polished up and on display--trickle-down economics, draconian restrictions on women's reproductive health, another doomed push to repeal the Affordable Care Act, blah,...

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Equal Pay for Women: 5 GOP Hopefuls Who Just Don't Get It

(2) Comments | Posted May 28, 2015 | 5:22 PM

It was more than 20 years ago, but I still remember the eloquent words spoken by Hillary Clinton at the United Nations World Conference on Women in Beijing. On that day, delegates from more than 180 countries heard Hillary say, "If there is one message that echoes forth from this...

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Off the Top: Ten Reasons Hillary Clinton Will Be a Fighter for Both Populists and All Americans

(13) Comments | Posted February 20, 2015 | 3:25 PM

I read a blog post on The Huffington Post this week titled "The Case for a Populist Challenger in the Democratic Primaries." While the piece well delineated the differences between Republicans and Democrats, it also falsely suggested a divide within the Democratic Party itself -- specifically between Hillary...

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Restoring America's Standing

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 8:04 PM

In the introduction to her upcoming book, Hard Choices, Hillary Clinton writes about the challenges she faced as secretary of state -- starting with "the problems we inherited, including two wars and a global financial crisis."

Indeed, any objective assessment of those early days would agree that the problems facing...

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Bring on the Prosperity!

(24) Comments | Posted May 30, 2014 | 1:56 PM

In his weekly radio address tomorrow, President Obama will discuss the new rules to reduce carbon pollution from power plants. One might be tempted to think this is just a boring old regulatory matter ("Who cares what EPA rule 111(d) says?!"). But the ramifications are huge, and not just for...

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Gun Safety, Fiscal Cliff: Where Are the Courageous Leaders?

(190) Comments | Posted December 18, 2012 | 5:33 PM

In June 1944, around 150,000 brave men were asked to storm the beaches of Normandy. At risk to themselves, they accepted the challenge on behalf of their nation and the world. They were heroes. They were leaders.

Imagine if we had leaders today with as much courage as each...

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Michigan: Workers, Women, What's Next?

(87) Comments | Posted December 13, 2012 | 4:58 PM

Back in March of 1984, the owner of the Baltimore Colts moved Baltimore's beloved football team to Indianapolis. He said he wouldn't do it, but, in the middle of the night, 12 Mayflower moving trucks were hired to tear out the region's heart and soul under cover of darkness. It...

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Electric Vehicle Naysayers: Get Over It, Support American Jobs

(696) Comments | Posted November 27, 2012 | 10:00 PM

When I was governor of Michigan, we worked with private companies and the legislature to apply for federal government stimulus grants to be the place where the electric car, and its guts, the battery, would be built. Amazingly, we received 12 grants worth $1.35 billion -- more than half of...

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Thank You, Nancy Pelosi

(264) Comments | Posted November 15, 2012 | 12:38 AM

Nancy Pelosi will continue to serve as House minority leader, in part, she said, to do more promotion of women and minorities in Congress.

She made her announcement at a press conference today, surrounded by female members of Congress. There were two very telling moments at today's...

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Fellow Warriors: Get Them to the Polls!

(12) Comments | Posted November 5, 2012 | 9:34 PM

You know how I feel about Mitt Romney. I don't want to waste any more breath on it. I want to talk about you.

Tomorrow morning, I want you to wake up and tell those undecided and apathetic voters that their country needs them.

They have one civic duty as...

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Ohioans Won't Be Fooled By 'Car Guy's' Desperate Car Lies

(1021) Comments | Posted October 30, 2012 | 11:00 PM

Apart from the storm news, there has been some political news that I cannot let go of.

Mitt Romney must realize that he has lost the industrial Midwest because he's completely lost a grip on reality. He's decided to throw a Hail Mary pass that will cause his already-struggling...

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The Change We Don't Need

(107) Comments | Posted October 26, 2012 | 10:49 PM

In his FiveThirtyEight blog, New York Times electoral math guru Nate Silver predicts that President Obama has a 74.4 percent chance of being re-elected. Seems curious, right? I mean, if this race is so close, why does Nate Silver give the president such a high chance of winning?...

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Reality Check, Gov. Romney, Detroit Doesn't Forget

(910) Comments | Posted October 23, 2012 | 10:52 PM

In this week's final presidential debate, Governor Romney and President Obama had another heated exchange about the auto bailout. In response to Romney's attempt to claim credit for the rescue of the automotive industry, President Obama said, "Governor, the people in Detroit don't forget."

The President's right. We...

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Campaign Volunteers: You're an Inspiration

(1) Comments | Posted October 15, 2012 | 9:24 PM

I want to report to you what I saw this weekend on the ground in the swing state of Virginia. I went there to thank and rally the campaign volunteers and what I saw was incredible.

I canvassed door to door with volunteers and was on the "Gotta Vote"...

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