Michigan offers filming tax credit

EAST LANSING, Mich., Oct. 8 (UPI) -- Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm says she's offering a generous tax credit to filmmakers to "add a whole new sector to our economy."

Michigan state workers win back raises

DETROIT, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- An administration judge in Michigan said the state needs to give 15,000 supervisors a pay raise of 3 percent that Gov. Jennifer Granholm has tried to rescind.
Unclaimed funds to help fill Mich. budget

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LANSING, Mich., Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Michigan is looking to use about $208 million in unclaimed checks and other valuables to help balance the state budget, officials say.
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LANSING, Mich., Aug. 9 (UPI) -- Michigan's gubernatorial nominees from both parties said they will end the reign of the "Michiganian" in the state in favor of the "Michigander."

Granholm, McDonnell clash on stimulus

WASHINGTON, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, a Democrat, and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, a Republican, offered decidedly different views Sunday on the federal stimulus.

Mich. Gov. critical of oil leak response

BATTLE CREEK, Mich., July 28 (UPI) -- Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm called an oil pipeline company's response to a leak pouring thousands of gallons into a river insufficient, authorities said.

Emergency declared in Michigan oil spill

MARSHALL, Mich., July 28 (UPI) -- Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm declared a state of emergency in southern Michigan as crews battle what is believed to be the largest spill in state history.

Michigan gov. hails renewable energy deal

LANSING, Mich., June 25 (UPI) -- A move by Michigan utility company Consumer Energy to purchase renewable energy from state sources is a step toward a green energy future, the governor said.

Granholm sees Mich. economic turnaround

MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich., June 4 (UPI) -- Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, in her final official speech to the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce, said the state's economy is starting to recover.
Message sent: Dont txt & drv in Mich

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DETROIT, April 30 (UPI) -- Michigan became the 24th state to ban texting while driving with a law that sets fines of up to $200 for offenders.

Canada offers to pay Mich. share of bridge

LANSING, Mich., April 29 (UPI) -- Canada has offered to cover Michigan's share of a new bridge over the Detroit River to Ontario, Gov. Jennifer Granholm announced Thursday.
'Michigan Meatout Day' draws scorn

'Michigan Meatout Day' draws scorn

LANSING, Mich., March 17 (UPI) -- Meat producers and hunters in Michigan are slamming Gov. Jennifer Granholm's proclamation declaring Saturday "Michigan Meatout Day."

$78 million carp control plan floated

WASHINGTON, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- U.S. officials unveiled a $78 million effort to prevent Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes.

Michigan gov. heralds solar roof shingles

LANSING, Mich., Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Michigan's Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm said a new solar roofing shingle developed by Dow Chemical is the right thing for her state's green energy plans.
Granholm gives last State of the State

Granholm gives last State of the State

LANSING, Mich., Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm gave her final State of the State inside the Capitol in Lansing as Tea Party protesters gave her a noisy sendoff outside.
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Jennifer Granholm
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)

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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