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Politics 2014: Roads to 2014, 2016 become rocky as retirements mount

Politics 2014: Roads to 2014, 2016 become rocky as retirements mount

The road to the 2016 general election is becoming more and more rocky as mounting numbers of members of the U.S. Congress announce their intentions to seek a life beyond Capitol Hill.
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International

Santorum argues gun control on 'This Week'

WASHINGTON, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Rick Santorum said Sunday Republicans should "stick to their guns" when debating U.S. President Barack Obama's gun control legislation.
Gore to lead Current's election coverage

Gore to lead Current's election coverage

NEW YORK, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore is to lead Current TV's election night coverage, the cable network announced Wednesday.
Gore: Climate change fueled Sandy

Gore: Climate change fueled Sandy

WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Some politicians, headed by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, warned that global warming could mean more storms like Hurricane Sandy.

U.S. voters await final debate message

WASHINGTON, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- Mitt Romney has time to attract voters in key states if he can put on another strong showing in Tuesday's presidential debate, a Republican governor predicted.

Gore to host RNC/DNC coverage for Current

WASHINGTON, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore will host the coverage of the Republican and Democratic National Conventions for his own Current TV.
Fugelsang to host Current TV political program

Fugelsang to host Current TV political program

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- U.S. commentator and comedian John Fugelsang is developing and will serve as host of a new prime time show for Current TV, the network said.
Michigan 'stand your ground' law under fire

Michigan 'stand your ground' law under fire

DETROIT, May 18 (UPI) -- Michigan Democratic lawmakers say they want to repeal a 2006 law similar to Florida's "stand your ground" law, invoked in the killing of Trayvon Martin.
Motorcycle helmet repeal looms in Michigan

Motorcycle helmet repeal looms in Michigan

LANSING, Mich., April 4 (UPI) -- Michigan's new Republican governor and Legislature may repeal the state's motorcycle helmet law this year, repeal advocates say.
Ex-Michigan governor to teach at Berkeley

Ex-Michigan governor to teach at Berkeley

LANSING, Mich., Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm said Monday she will teach at Berkeley and contribute to NBC's "Meet the Press."
Michigan has big plans for wind technology

Michigan has big plans for wind technology

LANSING, Mich., Dec. 8 (UPI) -- Michigan is growing as a leader in green energy technology by expanding its wind energy manufacturing sector, outgoing Gov. Jennifer Granholm said.

Michigan lawmakers address alcohol sales

DETROIT, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Michigan lawmakers have signed a bill to allow liquor sales on Sunday mornings and Christmas Day, and Gov. Jennifer Granholm says she will sign it into law.

GOP's Snyder next Michigan governor

LANSING, Mich., Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Businessman Rick Snyder rode the Republican groundswell Tuesday to become Michigan's next governor, election results showed.
GOP wins Michigan governor's race

GOP wins Michigan governor's race

DETROIT, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Republican businessman Rick Snyder defeated Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero to replace term-limited Michigan Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm, returns show.
Michigan grants $2.1B for jobs

Michigan grants $2.1B for jobs

LANSING, Mich., Oct. 26 (UPI) -- The state of Michigan says it has approved $2.1 billion in grants to automakers and others to keep jobs in the state and fuel an economic recovery.
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Michigian Gov. Jennifer Granholm has made good on the friendly World Series wager made with Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt, in Lansing, Michigan on November 10, 2006. Since the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Detroit Tigers in the 2006 World Series, Gov. Granholm was forced to wear an Albert Pujols jersey, enjoy a Missouri branded Angus steak and a bottle of Missouri wine while reading from Cards manager Tony LaRussa's book, "Three Nights in August." Granholm did all this while being interviewed on a St. Louis radio station. (UPI Photo/Handout)
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Jennifer Mulhern Granholm (born February 5, 1959) is a Canadian-born American politician, former Attorney General of Michigan, and was the 47th Governor of the U.S. state of Michigan. A member of the Democratic Party, Granholm became Michigan's first female governor on January 1, 2003, when she succeeded Governor John Engler. Granholm was re-elected on November 7, 2006, and was sworn in for her second and, due to term limits, final term on January 1, 2007. She has been mentioned as a potential Supreme Court justice for President Barack Obama. She was a member of the transition team for the presidency of President Obama before he assumed office on January 20, 2009.

Granholm was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, to Shirley Alfreda Dowden and Victor Ivar Granholm. Granholm's paternal grandfather, who immigrated to Canada in the 1930s, came from Robertsfors, Sweden, where his father was mayor. The Swedish Minister for Enterprise and Energy, Maud Olofsson, lives in Robertsfors, and when the two met in Sweden, it was revealed that Olofsson's husband is a relative of Granholm's.

Granholm's grandmother was an emigrant from Norway. Granholm's family moved to California when she was four. She grew up in Anaheim, San Jose and San Carlos. Granholm graduated from San Carlos High School in 1977. She won the Miss San Carlos beauty pageant. As a young adult she attempted to launch a Hollywood acting career but was unsuccessful and she abandoned her efforts at the age of 21. She held jobs as a tour guide at Universal Studios, within customer service for the Los Angeles Times and was the first female tour guide at Marine World Africa USA in Redwood City, piloting boats with 25 tourists aboard. In 1980, she became a United States citizen and worked for John Anderson's independent run for President of the United States, and enrolled at the University of California, Berkeley. She graduated from UC-Berkeley in 1984 Phi Beta Kappa with two BA degrees, one in political science, the other in French. Granholm then earned a Juris Doctor degree at Harvard Law School, also with honors. She clerked for U.S. Judge Damon Keith on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. In 1986 she married Daniel Mulhern, a Michigan native, and took his surname as her middle name. They have three children: Kathryn, Cecelia, and Jack. In 1990 she became an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan. In 1994, she was appointed Wayne County Corporation Counsel.

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