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Gretchen Esther Whitmer is an American politician serving as the 49th governor of Michigan since 2019. A member of the Democratic Party, she served in the Michigan House of Representatives from 2001 to 2006 and in the Michigan Senate from 2006 to 2015.
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Michigan governor takes steps to combat racismMichigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announces additional steps to combat racism, declaring it a public health crisis (Aug. 5)
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Michigan health workers to receive bias trainingMichigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer directs all health workers to receive "implicit bias" training. (July 9)
Defiant gym owners in Mich. staying open, refuse to obey governor's orderSome Michigan gyms are openly flouting Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's executive order to remain closed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A Governor on Her Own, With Everything at StakeFrom her living room, Gretchen Whitmer has led Michigan through a pandemic, an economic meltdown and even a dam collapse — all at a time when government itself seems broken.
Michigan governor optimistic about school in fallGov. Gretchen Whitmer says she is optimistic about a return to in-person instruction at K-12 schools in the fall, announcing she will release further guidance on June 30. (June 17)
Judge dismisses lawsuit against Michigan governor over coronavirus ordersA federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit challenging Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer's since-rescinded executive orders requiring that residents stay home and most businesses close to combat the..
Whitmer to allow haircuts in Michigan in latest step to open economyHair salons and barbers in Michigan will be allowed to resume business on June 15, Governor Gretchen Whitmer said on Friday, the latest step to reopen the state's economy shut for months by measures to..
Michigan governor largely rescinds lockdown, retailers to reopenMichigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer on Monday moved to further reopen the Midwest state's economy, largely rescinding a stay-at- home order in place since March and allowing retailers and restaurants to..
Michigan Governor Says Husband’s Request Was ‘Failed Attempt at Humor’A business owner said Marc Mallory had pointed out that he was married to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer while asking if the company could move his boat sooner.
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says husband's boat dock request was a bad joke: 'I wasn't laughing either'Whitmer said her husband regrets what he said and she called on Michiganders to show kindness and empathy as the state deals with COVID-19.
Michigan governor: Husband's call was just humorMichigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says her husband dropped her name in an effort to get his boat in the water. Whitmer says it was a "failed attempt at humor" (May 26)
Builders call Whitmer's COVID-19 work rules unconstitutional, asks court to throw them outA builders group says Michigan's governor exposed them to enormous fines without going through the proper process, exceeding her authority.
Judge tosses Michigan lawmakers' suit over Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's emergency powersThe lawsuit by the GOP-controlled state House and Senate argued that Whitmer's emergency orders were invalid because of a lack of statutory authority.
Michigan Governor Whitmer further opens state economy ahead of Trump visitMichigan's governor announced more steps to re-open the state's economy on Thursday, offering timelines for the resumption of some businesses and allowing some social gatherings as long as guidelines..
Mid-Michigan flooding crests at 35 feet, Whitmer requests FEMA help: What we knowRushing waters took out trees, roadways, homes, businesses, the library, the sewer system, electricity — and part of the City of Midland.
Trump to visit home state of Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a frequent target of his attacks amid pandemicTrump will tour a Ford Motor Co. plant in Ypsilanti repurposed to make ventilators as he visits the home state of Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.
Michigan Governor Whitmer faces mainstream backlash against shutdownMichigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer is facing an increasingly mainstream backlash against her stay-at-home orders, with a growing number of local officials and business leaders arguing the restrictions..
Michigan governor declares emergency after dams collapseMichigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday declared an emergency for Midland county after two dams breached and on expectations of extreme flooding.
'Do not hesitate': Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer urges evacuations, warns Midland could be under 9 feet of water by WednesdayMichigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has declared a state of emergency for Midland County after the Edenville and Sanford dams breached on Tuesday.
Trump visit to Ford plant contradicts Michigan Gov. Whitmer's order — but she won't try to stop itThe president's visit to a Ford plant in Michigan contradicts a ban on nonessential tours.
'Credible Threats' to Kill Gov. Gretchen Whitmer Lead to Charges, Police SayRobert S. Tesh made “credible threats” via social media messages to kill Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Michigan’s attorney general, Dana Nessel, the authorities said.
Whitmer says Michigan virus cases top 50,000Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says confirmed coronavirus cases in Michigan cross 50,000 (May 15)
Michigan judge hears clash over stay-home ordersRepublicans who control the Michigan Legislature urge a judge to strike down stay-home orders issued by Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. (May 15)
Hundreds protest Michigan stay-at-home orderHundreds gathered to protest Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer's stay-at-home order on Thursday in Lansing, the third but smallest major demonstration at the state's Capitol since businesses were..
Big police presence expected at Michigan protest of stay-at-home orderA demonstration protesting Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer's stay-at-home order is set to take place on Thursday in the state capital of Lansing, with fears some might carry weapons inside the..
Trump urges Michigan Gov. Whitmer to talk to protesters, who he called 'very good people'Trump has been encouraging protesters in Michigan and elsewhere for weeks, at one point urging them to "liberate" their states.
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Protesters, some carrying rifles, crowd into Michigan Capitol to urge an end to state of emergencyThe rally was considerably smaller than an April 15 event that drew thousands to the Capitol to protest Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's stay-at-home order.
Hundreds protest in Michigan seeking end to governor's emergency powersHundreds of protesters, some armed, gathered at Michigan's state Capitol in Lansing on Thursday objecting to Governor Gretchen Whitmer's request to extend emergency powers to combat COVID-19, an appeal..
Protest at Michigan Capitol over virus orderProtesters return to the Michigan Capitol to denounce Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's stay-home order and business restrictions (April 30)
Michigan to reopen construction industry in state on May 7Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer said on Wednesday she will allow the state's construction industry to return to work on May 7 as the Midwestern state works to reopen its economy amid the coronavirus..
Ohio, Michigan governors diverge on plans to reopen during pandemicOhio Governor Mike DeWine outlined "first steps" toward reopening the state's economy on Monday, diverging from Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer who said she would not be held to "artificial..
'SNL' cut-for-time skit with Michigan Gov. urges people to stay home: It's 'not live free and die'Cecily Strong played Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in a cut-for-time "Saturday Night Live" skit, talking her stay-home order and Joe Biden.
Michigan extends stay at home but eases rulesMichigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has lengthened her stay-at-home order through May 15, while lifting restrictions so some businesses can reopen and the public can participate in outdoor activities during..
Michigan governor lifts some restrictions but extends shutdown orderMichigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer on Friday extended her stay-at-home order through May 15 as the Midwestern state battles to control the coronavirus pandemic, but lifted restrictions so some..
Michigan governor extends shutdown order but lifts some restrictionsMichigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer on Friday extended her stay-at-home order through May 15 as the Midwestern state battles to control the coronavirus pandemic, but lifted restrictions so some..
Michigan governor calls on protesters to avoid unsafe demonstrationsMichigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer on Monday pleaded for residents of her state to refrain from holding more demonstrations protesting the coronavirus-related shutdown because of the need to follow..
Gretchen Whitmer Isn’t Backing DownRight-wing protesters, Republican lawmakers and President Trump are attacking the Michigan governor, a possible vice-presidential pick. “I’m not thinking about politics,” she says.
Michigan Governor Whitmer aims to begin reopening state economy on May 1Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer said on Friday she is hopeful the state can begin to reengage parts of its economy beginning on May 1, days after facing a barrage of criticism for her strict..
Michigan governor needs to revise her coronavirus lockdown order: state chamber headMichigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer needs to revise the recent extension to her stay-at-home order or risk doing serious harm to the state's economy, including potentially driving hundreds of companies..
Michigan residents sue Governor Whitmer over coronavirus pandemic ordersMichigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer faces at least two federal lawsuits challenging her April 9 executive order to combat the coronavirus outbreak, including requirements that residents stay at home and..
Drivers create gridlock to protest Michigan governor's stay-at-home orderThousands of cars jammed streets surrounding Michigan's state capitol in protest of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's stay-at-home order.
Fact check: Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer did not ban sale of American flags, plantsMichigan's stay-at-home order has spawned false allegations that it bans the sale of American flags, baby supplies, gardening needs and more.
Republicans take aim at Michigan governor over virus responseRepublicans in Michigan escalated attacks Tuesday on Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer's efforts to combat COVID-19, arguing her policies are unnecessarily straining the state's economy even as the..
Did Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer go 'too far' with stay-home order? Protesters plan in-vehicle rally Wednesday in Lansing.Critics of Michigan's expanded stay-home order are planning a protest to tell the governor they believe she has gone too far.