U.S. governors urged to buck Bush policies

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich., July 23 (UPI) -- The U.S. National Governors Association meeting in Michigan has been lobbied to buck the Bush administration on the environment, healthcare and education.

Governors begin annual meeting

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich., July 21 (UPI) -- The National Governors Association conference began Saturday in Michigan with Arizona's governor promising not to steal the Great Lakes.

Mich. loses delay on affirmative action

LANSING, Mich., Dec. 30 (UPI) -- A federal appeals court has ruled that Michigan must immediately implement a state constitutional amendment that bans admissions based on race and gender.

Affirmative-action ban delay gets support

LANSING, Mich., Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Michigan's governor and attorney general have filed court briefs supporting the delay of a ban on using affirmative action in university admission.

Sen. Carl Levin to seek 6th term

WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Carl Levin of Michigan announced Monday he plans to seek a sixth term two years from now.

Gov. Granholm rolls to victory in Mich.

LANSING, Mich., Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Democratic Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm rolled to an impressive re-election victory Tuesday, the Detroit Free Press reported.

Mich. gov seeks Kevorkian medical report

LANSING, Mich., July 28 (UPI) -- Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm has ordered an independent medical report on Dr. Jack Kevorkian, the imprisoned euthanasia advocate.

Helmet requirement vetoed in Michigan

LANSING, Mich., June 24 (UPI) -- Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm has vetoed legislation that would repeal the state's mandatory motorcycle helmet law.

Michigan dumping blue plate -- finally

LANSING, Mich., May 16 (UPI) -- After 25 years, Michigan residents are finally about to get a new design on the state vehicle license plate -- and it probably won't be blue.

Michigan raises high school standards

LANSING, Mich., April 21 (UPI) -- Gov. Jennifer Granholm signed into law what's called one of the nation's strictest public school curriculums, saying it will help revive Michigan's economy.

Michigan plans to cut mercury emissions

LANSING, Mich., April 18 (UPI) -- Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm has announced plans to reduce mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants by 90 percent in the next decade.

Michigan violent game law struck down

DETROIT, April 4 (UPI) -- A Michigan law banning the sale of ultra-violent video games has been struck down as unconstitutional before it was implemented.

Granholm to sign anti-abortion bill

LANSING, Mich., March 20 (UPI) -- Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm has agreed to sign a bill that requires women seeking an abortion to be offered a view of an ultrasound of the fetus.

Michigan political icon McNamara dies

DETROIT, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Ed McNamara, the face of the Detroit-area and Michigan politics for half a century, died from heart failure at Harper Hospital.

Granholm says U.S. needs trade protection

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm wants the United States to protect its citizens and companies form unfair trade practices by other countries.
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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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