Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan:
Sen. Stabenow is a skilled legislator, tenacious advocate for her causes, hard-worker and articulate speaker with smooth-edged, friendly style. She's unafraid to dissent, and was one of 23 senators to vote against the Iraq War in 2002.
Major Areas of Interest:
Senate Committees in 112th Congress, 2011-2012:
- Budget Committee
- Finance Committee
- Finance Subcommittee on International Trade
- Finance Subcommittee on Health Care
- Finance Subcommittee on Taxation, IRS Oversight, Long-Term Growth
- Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry Committee
- Agriculture Subcommittee on Rural Revitalization, Conservation & Forestry, Chair
- Energy & Natural Resources Committee
- Birth - April 20, 1950 in Gladwin, Michigan
- Education - BA, Michigan State University in 1972, Masters of Social Work, Michigan State University in 1975
- Family - Married her second husband, Tom Athans, a liberal talk-show radio executive, in 2003. Two adult children, one adult stepdaughter
- Faith - Christian, United Methodist Church
Interesting Personal Note:
Staying in Touch with Michigan:
"Washington is an exciting place...but I come home almost every weekend to keep myself grounded. It's very important that the members of Congress not begin to view Washington as home. I bank here in Lansing, my dry cleaning's here, my car's here. This is home. That gives me the right perspective."
"The Bush tax cuts will remove 14 trillion dollars from the national budget over the next 75 years. The entire liability of Social Security and Medicare put together is 10 trillion."
"There is nothing more American than to dissent from your government. That's what this country was founded on."
"The pharmaceutical industry is making up to 20 percent net profit each year---unfortunately on the backs of families, seniors and businesses. There are 6 prescription lobbyists for every US Senator. So we're gong to create a coalition where individuals, seniors, families, farmers---everybody that's affected---can join together and solve the problem."
"Tricia and Calvin Luker did a commercial for me during the campaign which talked about what happened to their daughter---she had problems with an HMO and she died. I'd promised them that I'd take Jessica's picture with me to the Senate and keep it on my desk until we passed the Patient's Bill of Rights. We did pass it, but it's not become law yet. I still have the photo on my desk, and I think one of the most touching moments for me was when Calvin and Tricia came in after we passed the bill---they were so excited, they really felt that this was something that they'd helped to get done."
"Privatizing Social Security doesn't make sense, and it's out of step with the fundamental value of ensuring that after a life spent working hard and contributing to the greatness of our nation, every American should have a secure retirement."