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Debbie Stabenow

Personal data
Date of birthApril 29, 1950(age 66)
Place of birthGladwin, Michigan
Political partyDemocratic
SpouseDennis Stabenow (until 1990)
Tom Athans (2003-2010)
ChildrenMichelle Stabenow
Todd Stabenow
Gina Athans (stepdaughter)
ResidenceLansing, Michigan
Alma materMichigan State University (B.A., M.S.W.)
ProfessionSocial worker
ReligionMethodist
Assumed officeJanuary 3, 2001
Serving with Carl Levin
Preceded bySpencer Abraham
Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry
Assumed officeJanuary 3, 2011
Preceded byBlanche Lincoln
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Michigan's 8th district
In officeJanuary 3, 1997 - January 3, 2001
Succeeded byMike Rogers
Preceded byDick Chrysler
Member of the Michigan Senate
In office1991 - 1994
Member of the Michigan House of Representatives
In office1979 - 1990
Member of the Ingham County Board of Commissioners
In office1975 - 1978

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Deborah Ann Greer "Debbie" Stabenow (born April 29, 1950) is the junior United States Senator from Michigan and a member of the Democratic Party. Before her election to the U.S. Senate, she was a member of the United States House of Representatives, representing Michigan's 8th congressional district from 1997 to 2001. She previously served as a member of the Ingham County Board of Commissioners, Michigan House of Representatives, and Michigan Senate.

Stabenow defeated first-term Republican incumbent Spencer Abraham in the 2000 U.S. Senate election, becoming the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate from Michigan. She and Maria Cantwell were the first women to defeat incumbent Senators in a general election.

Stabenow currently serves as Chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee.


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