Granholm was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, and is an honors graduate of both the University of California at Berkeley and Harvard Law School. She and her husband, Daniel G. Mulhern, have three children.
Honoring Millie Jeffrey
On May 15, 2004, the Michigan Democratic Party held their annual Jefferson Jackson Day Dinner. At the dinner an iron sculpture representing equality, created by Wayne State University students was presented to the family of Millie Jeffrey. Jeffrey was a founder-leader of the Democratic Socialists of America. MDP Chair Melvin Hollowell stated that the Lifetime Achievement Award was given in tribute to "Millie's wonderful and enduring legacy of fighting for the equal rights of all people, particularly women." U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, U.S. Representative Carolyn Kilpatrick and Governor Jennifer Granholm presented the award. The keynote speaker was former U.S. House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt.
Obama "Transition Team"
In late 2008, Jennifer Granholm served on the Obama Economic Transition Team. Granholm was a strong advocate for federal aid to the automobile industry.
Jennifer Granhom was elected governor of Michigan in 2002 and re-elected in 2006. She began her career in public service 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 serves as chair of the Health and Human Services Committee and is co-chair of the Health Care Task Force of the National Governors Association, and is chair of the Midwestern Governors Association.
Promoting the Van Jones vision
Gov. Jennifer Granholm took to the stage of the National Summit in Detroit in June 2009 predicting a green future for her state as a way to "replace a good chunk of those lost auto jobs."
She repeated her oft-quoted statement that Michigan has "great bones" on which to build a green economy -- winds, waters, work force and work ethic, along with great research universities. She said Michigan's thousands of miles of freshwater coastlines are a natural home for wind power -- which for efficiency's sake should be built here too.
Even Michigan's deep underground cave system, she said, heretofore used commercially only to store natural gas, could have a green future as a home for sequestered carbon dioxide.
The final speaker in the open session was Van Jones, special advisor for green jobs, enterprise and innovation at the White House Council on Environmental Quality.
Jones said the good news was that "despite all the challenges, the real economic pain, the real ecological concern, there is a solution that will put people back to work that respects what our scientists tell us about the planet cookin'."
The bad news, he said, "is that you're it -- our business leaders and institutions. We will have to invent our way out of this crisis. We cannot drill and burn our way out of it, and we cannot bureaucratize our way out of it."
In May 2010, former Obama "Green Jobs Czar" and long time Marxist activist Van Jones was keynote speaker at The Michigan Summit, an annual "progressive" conference held in East Lansing on June 12th. The Summit is where people "join with savvy policy wonks, leading lawmakers, student scholars, movement professionals and hard working activists in confronting Michigan's toughest challenges with solutions that work for Michigan's families and communities." In a promotional e-mail, the Granholm Leadership Fund (GLF) said, "Jones' message is vital to remaking our economy so we all share in the prosperity, not just the privileged few."
The Michigan Summit is sponsored by both major Michigan teachers unions (AFT Michigan and the Michigan Education Association), Michigan National Organization for Women, Michigan Nurses Association, Planned Parenthood Affiliates of Michigan, and others.
GLF is a political action committee started by the governor in 2003 that raises money for "state and local candidates and other activities that build the Michigan Democratic Party and help the governor invest in the people and the policies that put Michigan first."
Relationship to socialist Millie Jeffrey
On Millie Jeffrey's death in March 2004, Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm (described as Jeffrey's "protégé"), called her “our butterfly.” She was referring to the “butterfly effect”, a scientific theory which says that the smallest change in one part of the world can result in history-altering events someplace else.
“She whipped up change in countless corners of our world and helped write entire chapters in the story of our nation and our state. She gave women across the globe – including me – a voice in politics and policy. And for an entire lifetime, she stood next to giants – Walter Reuther, Eleanor Roosevelt and Bobby Kennedy – and cast her own mighty shadow,” Granholm said.
"Passing the Torch"
In celebration of Women’s History Month in March 2006, the Michigan Veteran Feminists of America presented the documentary Passing the Torch on March 25 on PBS (WTVS, Channel 56).
The documentary, narrated by Lily Tomlin, explored Michigan women’s motivations to participate in "one of the most profound social movements of the 20th Century."
Detroit-area feminists were active in the women’s movement of the late ’60s and early ’70s, and they joined the national VFA organization in the fall of 2000 to ensure the gains that they helped to make on behalf of women remain in place today. Through interviews and oral histories, the documentary recalls the struggles of these engaging activists to establish domestic violence shelters, pass legislation to promote more accessible child care and gain reproductive rights.
Luminaries such as former Michigan First Lady Helen Milliken, Erma Henderson, the first African American woman elected to the Detroit City Council, UAW executive Millie Jeffrey, Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), and Governor Jennifer Granholm "reminisce about the protest marches, consciousness raising sessions and the excitement they felt when opening doors that had been closed to women."
Helped by socialist Elizabeth Bunn
Democratic Socialists of America member Elizabeth Bunn was the creator of the UAW's Woman-to-Woman campaign that helped elect Senator Debbie Stabenow in 2000 and Governor Jennifer Granholm in 2002.
Granholm was supported by EMILY's List during her campaigning.
Democratic Party Super Delegates
In February 2008 Michigan Democratic Party Super Delegates were;[
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- John D. Cherry, Lt. Governor
- Rep. John D. Dingell, U.S. Congressman, 15th District
- Joel Ferguson, at-large member of the DNC, businessman, member of MSU Board of Trustees
- Dale Kildee, U.S. Congressman, 5th District
- Sander Levin, U.S. Congressman, 12th District
- Mark Schauer, State Senator, 19th District
- Debbie Stabenow, U.S. Senator
- John Conyers, U.S. Congressman, 14th District
- Arthenia Abbott, Vice Chair, Michigan Democratic Party
- Lu Battaglieri, President of Michigan Education Association, union representing retired teachers and education employees
- Mark Brewer, Chair, Michigan Democratic Party, Vice Chair, Democratic National Committee
- Elizabeth Bunn, UAW Secretary-Treasurer
- Eric Coleman, County Commissioner of Oakland County, 23rd District
- Debbie Dingell, WSU Board of Governors, senior executive at General Motors
- Robert Ficano, Wayne County Executive
- Jennifer Granholm, Governor
- Kwame Kilpatrick, Mayor, City of Detroit
- Carolyn Kilpatrick, U.S. Congresswoman, 13th District
- Joyce Lalonde, Board of Directors, National Education Association
- Carl Levin, U.S. Senator
- Jeffrey Radjewski, business and finance manager of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)
- Virgie Rollins, regional director, National Federation of Democratic Women, Chair, Democratic National Committee Black Caucus
- Richard Shoemaker, UAW Vice President
- Bart Stupak, U.S. Congressman, 1st District
- Michael Tardiff, DNC
- Richard N. Wiener, attorney and former Granholm staffer
- Lauren Wolfe, President of the College Democrats of America, she is attending law school in Detroit.
The Justice Caucus
At the 2010 Michigan Democratic Party Convention on August 28, 2010, The Justice Caucus awarded Granholm the "Spirit of Millie Award" honoring her contribution to Michigan's judiciary via judicial appointments. Granholm also delivered a speech at the convention on the subject of "My vision of justice".
As at Feb. 1, 2011, Governor Jennifer Granholm was listed as an endorser and ongoing supporter of MichUHCAN's Health Care Security Campaign Coalition. The Michigan Universal Health Care Access Network is a state-wide network that promotes comprehensive health care for all and improved health outcomes by addressing the social determinants of health through education, strategy development and advocacy. The leadership of MichUHCAN is heavily dominated by members of Democratic Socialists of America.
- ↑  Official biography, accessed june 2, 2010
- ↑ Wayne State University: Michigan Democratic Party taps Wayne State University for tribute sculpture to Mildred Jeffrey, May 5, 2004 (accessed on Feb. 24, 2011)
- ↑  CQ Politics Blog November 10, 2008, accessed June 2, 2010
- ↑  Official biography, accessed june 2, 2010
- ↑  Great Lakes IT Report, Matt Roush, June 16, 2009
- ↑  Michigan Capitol confidential , by Jarrett Skorup, may 26, 2010
- ↑  CBS News Opinion, Thoroughly Marvelous Millie CBS' Lynch Reflects On The Life Of Activist Mildred McWilliams Jeffrey March 29, 2004
- ↑  Millie jeffrey facebook page, accessed june 2, 2010
- ↑  News from the University of Michigan’s Institute for Research on Women and Gender, Fall 2006
- ↑ Huffington Post DNC Michigan Superdelegates, Posted February 28, 2008
- ↑ http://email@example.com/msg04301.html [Marxism-Thaxis] Democratic meltdown looming]
- ↑ [http://www.justice4michigan.org/node/76 Justice 4 Michigan: Justice Caucus to Honor Governor Granholm's Contribution to Michigan Judiciary, August 20, 2011)
- ↑ MichUHCAN: MI Health Care Security Campaign Coalition (accessed on Feb. 1, 2011)
- ↑ MichUHCAN: About Us (accessed on Feb. 1, 2011)