Debbie Stabenow

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U.S. Senator

Debbie Stabenow




Leadership: Chair of the steering committee
Committees: Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Senate Committee on Finance, Senate Committee on the Budget
(subcommittees and past assignments)

Candidates for the MI-Senate Class I Seat:
(Next election: 6 November 2012)

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Considering: None so far
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Potential: None so far
Dropped-out: None so far
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On the Web
Official website

Debbie Stabenow, a Democrat, has been the junior Senator from Michigan since 2001. She is the chairperson of the Democratic Steering Committee for the 110th Congress.


Record and controversies

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Iraq War

Stabenow voted against the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq in Oct. 2002.

For more information see the chart of U.S. Senate votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal

Indian casino

In 2002, Stabenow introduced S. 2986, a bill designed to allow the Bay Mills Indian Community (Brimley, Mich.) tribe to develop a casino off-reservation almost 350 miles away in Port Huron, Mich. In 1996, the Bay Mills Indians made claims to lands in Michigan including more than 100 acres in the Charlotte Beach area on Michigan's Upper Peninsula. (Bay Mills Tribal Leader Jeff Parker gave a good account of this at a House Resources Committee Hearing)[1] The Bay Mills claims were rejected by both state and federal courts at the time on administrative grounds and have never been officially heard or validated. Nevertheless, then Michigan Gov. John Engler entered into a settlement agreement with the Tribe in which it would agree to extinguish claims to the Charlotte Beach lands in exchange for the right to build a casino in Port Huron. [2] Michigan casino syndicates Marian Ilitch and Michael J. Malik, Sr. bankrolled the tribe’s pursuits. According to records on file with the Federal Election Commission, Ilitch Family members and Malik contributed more than $113,000 toward Stabenow's 2006 re-election -- significantly more than they gave to any other federal candidate in either the 2004 or 2006 federal election cycles. Neither Ilitch nor Malik contributed to Stabenow’s previous campaigns.[3]



Deborah Ann Stabenow was born April 29, 1950 in Gladwin, Michigan and grew up in Clare, Michigan. She received a Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University in 1972 and an M.S.W. magna cum laude from Michigan State University in 1975. While in graduate school, Stabenow won her first election, to the Ingham County Board of Commissioners, a position in which she served from 1975-1978. She has also worked as a social worker, and a leadership training consultant. She served in the Michigan State House of Representatives from 1979-1990, where she became the first woman to preside over the House. She also served in the State Senate from 1991-1994. She was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1996 from Michigan's Eighth District and served two terms.

Congressional Career

She did not seek reelection to the House of Representatives in 2000, but was elected to the U.S. Senate. She defeated the Republican incumbent, Senator Spencer Abraham (whom George W. Bush later named Secretary of Energy). 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. Stabenow was considered the underdog for much of the Senate race, but rallied in the final weeks of the campaign to unseat Abraham by a narrow margin. Abraham's wife Jane was rumored to be a Republican candidate for Stabenow's 2006 reelection, but opted out of the race.

Stabenow became the third-ranking Democrat in the U.S. Senate on November 16, 2004, when she was elected by her colleagues to be secretary of the Democratic caucus. As caucus secretary, she assists Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-NV, to set the Democrats' agenda and priorities. Reid was elected to replace Minority Leader Tom Daschle, who lost a re-election bid in South Dakota.

2006 elections

In 2006, the Republicans nominated Michael J. Bouchard to face Stabenow in her November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [4] Stabenow retained her seat. Following the elections, she was named chairperson of the Democratic Steering Committee for the 110th Congress.

Money in politics

This section contains links to – and feeds from – money in politics databases. For specific controversies, see this article's record and controversies section.

Top Contributors to during the 2008 Election Cycle
DonorAmount (US Dollars)
EMILY's List$ 153,900
JPMorgan Chase & Co$ 68,880
DTE Energy$ 65,200
Blue Cross/Blue Shield$ 53,118
Dow Chemical$ 45,707
University of Michigan$ 42,106
Goldman Sachs$ 37,500
General Motors$ 37,200
General Electric$ 36,750
ICE Group$ 32,100
Source: The Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Note: Contributions are not from the organizations themselves, but are rather from
the organization's PAC, employees or owners. Totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
Links to more campaign contribution information for Debbie Stabenow
from the Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2008 election cycle Career totals

Committees and Affiliations


Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

Coalitions and Caucuses

  • Senate Auto Caucus
  • Democratic Economic Security Task Force
  • Steering Committee
  • Senate Centrist Coalition
  • Secretary, Senate Democratic Conference
  • Senate New Democrat Coalition

Boards and other Affiliations

  • Member, Grace United Methodist Church

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Debbie Stabenow. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


DC office
  • 133 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510
    Ph: 202-224-4822 Fax: 202-228-0325
    Webform email
District offices
  • 243 West Congress, Suite 550 Detroit, MI 48226
    Ph: 313-961-4330 Fax: (none entered)
  • 221 West Lake Lansing Road, Suite 100 East Lansing, MI 48823
    Ph: 517-203-1760 Fax: (none entered)
  • 2503 South Linden Road Flint, MI 48532
    Ph: 810-720-4172 Fax: (none entered)
  • 3280 Beltline Court, Suite 400, Grand Rapids, MI 49512
    Ph: 616-975-0052 Fax: (none entered)
  • 1901 West Ridge Marquette, MI 49855
    Ph: 906-228-8756 Fax: (none entered)
  • 3335 South Airport Road West Suite 6B Traverse City, MI 49684
    Ph: 231-929-1031 Fax: (none entered)
On the Web
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