Jennifer Granholm

Secretary Granholm joins lawmakers in Michigan to tout Biden’s electric vehicle push 

BY: - August 5, 2021

Updated, 7:40 p.m. 8/5/21 Former Michigan governor-turned-U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm made her return to Michigan Thursday with a sweeping four-stop visit to highlight President Joe Biden’s new national target for electric vehicle sales. Granholm was first joined by U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) for a walking tour of an electronic manufacturing facility in Holly. […]

U.S. Senate confirms Granholm as Energy secretary

BY: - February 25, 2021

Updated, 6:02 p.m., 2/25/21 WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate on Thursday in a 64-35 vote confirmed former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm to run the Department of Energy. She is the second woman to lead the $35 billion agency. Vice President Kamala Harris swore in Granholm several hours after the Senate confirmation vote. Her husband, daughter […]


Jeff Timmer: All things must pass: Shirkey shows nearly 4 decades of capable GOP Senate leadership is at an end

BY: - February 12, 2021

The Republicans wrested majority control of the Michigan Senate following two January 31, 1984, special elections — and they’ve held it ever since.  Eight men (sorry, women) have led the majority caucus since that chilly winter night 37 years ago in the Great Lakes State. I’ve known them all and been an adviser to most. […]

Granholm vows to create new jobs, cleaner solutions as Energy secretary

BY: - January 27, 2021

WASHINGTON — Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm told lawmakers Wednesday she would be “obsessed” with creating new jobs if confirmed as the next secretary of the Energy Department. Granholm, who led Michigan from 2003 to 2011, at her U.S. Senate confirmation hearing talked up the potential for new clean energy jobs— an effort to assuage concerns […]

Biden makes Granholm pick for Energy official

BY: and - December 18, 2020

President-elect Joe Biden will nominate former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm to head the Energy Department, his presidential transition team said Thursday night. The Democrat also tapped and North Carolina’s top environmental regulator, Michael Regan, to lead the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Rep. Debra A. Haaland to lead the Interior Department. The selections were announced as […]

Biden reportedly taps former Michigan governor for Energy secretary

BY: - December 15, 2020

Former Gov. Jennifer Granholm is reportedly President-elect Joe Biden’s choice for Energy secretary. Granholm, who was Michigan’s first female governor and served two terms from 2003 to 2010, was last under consideration for the post and others during former President Barack Obama’s first term. Her relationship with Biden goes back decades, as she was tapped […]

Michigan GOP chair flames Snyder ‘Mr. Irrelevant’ for endorsing Biden

BY: - September 3, 2020

Rick Snyder, Michigan’s GOP former two-term governor who signed the landmark Right to Work law, hasn’t even been out of office for two years before the head of the state Republican Party started taking shots at him. Laura Cox — the former state representative whose husband, former Attorney General Mike Cox, lost to Snyder in […]

On this day in 2006: Legendary Detroit official Maryann Mahaffey died 

BY: - July 27, 2020

Maryann Mahaffey, a longtime Detroit City Council president and leading progressive activist, died on July 27, 2006. Mahaffey was born Burlington, Iowa. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Cornell College, a master’s degree in social work from the University of Southern California. Mahaffey served Detroit City Council president for 12 years and as a council […]


Susan J. Demas: Trump told us to drink bleach. Whitmer has tried to keep us safe. What side are you on?

BY: - April 30, 2020

Last week, President Donald Trump told people that drinking disinfectants could fight off COVID-19. There wasn’t a peep from Michigan Republican leaders that this was a dangerous idea, even though, quite predictably, there’s been a national spike in people using bleach and other products improperly. This week, Michigan Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) went […]

Jennifer Granholm endorses Joe Biden? You betcha.

BY: - March 4, 2020

Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm is the latest to endorse former Vice President Joe Biden for president, following a string of Super Tuesday victories in states including Virginia, Minnesota and Texas. “I’m beyond thrilled to endorse Joe Biden,” Granholm said. “When Michigan was on its knees during the bankruptcies in the auto industry, Joe Biden […]

Whitmer: GOP Senate rejecting bio professor for state board is “sexist,” retaliatory

BY: - February 13, 2020

The GOP-controlled Michigan Senate on Thursday voted to reject one of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s appointments to the Natural Resources Commission (NRC), which regulates hunting and fishing.  Before the vote was taken, Whitmer spokesperson Tiffany Brown told the Advance the office believes rejection of Lansing Community College biology professor Anna Mitterling is a “sexist” move to […]

Nessel: Michigan should vote first, not Iowa or N.H.

BY: - February 11, 2020

In a Twitter exchange with former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm on Tuesday, Attorney General Dana Nessel slyly suggested that Michigan would be a better choice to vote first in presidential elections than Iowa or New Hampshire. Granholm tweeted Monday night that she is “frustrated at the disproportionate impact of two white states affecting candidate momentum,” […]