Economic crisis front and center for Obama

Economic crisis front and center for Obama

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Primary fever hits U.S. Midwest states

DETROIT, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Labor Day traditionally marks the start of the campaign season but in Iowa, Michigan and other early presidential primary states the race is already under way.

Google to open new center in Mich.

ANN ARBOR, Mich., July 11 (UPI) -- Google will build a research and administrative facility in Ann Arbor, Mich., that could employ as many as 1,000 people.

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Election 2002: Emerging Dem majority?

(Part of UPI's Special Report on Election 2002)
STEVE SAILER, UPI National Correspondent
Jennifer M. Granholm
Michigan Governor Jennifer M. Granholm listens to questions at a press conference welcoming fans, athletes, and members of the media and to the city of Detroit and the State of Michigan for Super Bowl XL in Detroit on January 30, 2006. (UPI Photo/Terry Schmitt)

Jennifer Mulhern Granholm (born February 5, 1959) is a Canadian-born American politician, former Attorney General of Michigan, and the current 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 20th, 2009.

Granholm was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada to Shirley Alfreda Dowden and Victor Ivar Granholm. Granholm's paternal grandfather, who emigrated 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 Granholm's relative.

Granholm's grandmother was an immigrant from Norway. Granholm's family immigrated to California when she was four. She grew up in Anaheim, San Jose and San Carlos. Granholm graduated from San Carlos High School, located in San Carlos, California, 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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