Current Position: US Senator since 2001
Former Position(s): US Representative from 1997 – 2001; State Senator from 1991 – 1994; State Delegate from 1979 – 1991
Chair, Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
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ABC12.com, – August 25, 2021
WASHINGTON (WJRT) – Sen. Debbie Stabenow is partnering with nonprofit food assistance organizations to help feed families in need.
Stabenow joined the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Michigan Milk Producers Association and Food Council of Michigan to announce the creation of the $400 million Dairy Donation Program.
“The Dairy Donation Program is a win-win for farmers and families. It will be easier for dairy farmers to donate milk and other dairy products, which in turn helps feed vulnerable Americans, including our children,” said Stabenow.
Under this program, eligible dairy organizations will partner with nonprofit food assistance organizations to distribute food to families in need.
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U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow made history in 2000 when she became the first woman from Michigan elected to the United States Senate. She is known for her ability to build coalitions to get things done for Michigan and our nation.
As Chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee, and Budget Committee, and a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, she has a powerful and unique role to play in shaping our nation’s health care, manufacturing, infrastructure, environment, and agriculture policies.
Senator Stabenow is laser focused on standing up for Michigan families, expanding affordable health care and lowering the costs of prescription drugs, helping Michigan businesses create good jobs here at home, and protecting our Great Lakes and outdoor heritage. She is a true champion for Michigan.
Early Life & Career
Born in Gladwin and raised in Clare, Debbie Stabenow learned the value of a hard-day’s work from her parents. Her family owned the local Oldsmobile dealership, and her mother was Director of Nursing at the local hospital. She graduated at the top of her class from Clare High School and received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Michigan State University. She worked with youth in the public schools before running for public office.
Senator Stabenow was inspired to run for office after leading a successful effort to stop the closure of a local nursing home. She was elected to the Ingham County Board of Commissioners when she was 24 years old and two years later was elected Chair of the Board. She served for 12 years in the Michigan House of Representatives (1979-90) and four years in the State Senate (1991-94). Two years later, she was elected to represent Michigan’s 8th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. She made history in 2000 when she became the first woman from Michigan elected to the United States Senate.
A Michigan Voice in Senate Leadership
Today Senator Stabenow is Michigan’s senior U.S. Senator and a member of Senate leadership. As Chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee, she makes sure there is a Michigan voice at the table and that Congress’ priorities stay in line with the priorities of middle class families.
A Focus on Job Creation
Creating jobs in Michigan is Senator Stabenow’s top priority. As Co-Chair of the bipartisan Senate Manufacturing Caucus, she is a leader in helping Michigan’s businesses create jobs, leveling the playing field in international trade, and ensuring that our workers have the skills they need to excel in the international marketplace. As Senator Stabenow likes to say, “We want to export our products, not our jobs.”
A Champion for Health Care Quality and Access
Senator Stabenow is a national leader of the effort to make sure people have quality, affordable health care, including prescription drugs, mental health care, and addiction treatment. In the wake of the Flint water crisis, she led efforts to pass $170 million in assistance for Flint to repair and replace pipes and to address critical health needs.
Senator Stabenow is committed to bringing veterans the care they need close to home. She led the fight to open new and expanded V.A. clinics in Alpena, Bad Axe, Cadillac, Clare, Cheboygan County, Grayling, Oscoda, Traverse City, and Wyoming.
As Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Health Care, Senator Stabenow is a champion for Medicare, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program and a passionate advocate for Michigan’s community health centers.
An Advocate for Michigan’s Diverse Agricultural Industry
Senator Stabenow knows that we don’t have an economy unless we make things and grow things. She is a national leader on food and agriculture policy and a forceful advocate for Michigan agriculture – the state’s second biggest source of jobs. Serving on Agriculture Committees in the state legislature, U.S. House, and U.S. Senate, she has shaped forward-thinking food and farm policy, expanding the diversity of what we grow and how we grow it.
As Chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Senator Stabenow authored the 2014 Farm Bill, which strengthened Michigan agriculture and made historic investments in land and water conservation, clean energy, local food systems, specialty crops, cutting-edge research and biobased manufacturing. She built on that success in coauthoring the 2018 Farm Bill, which passed on a strong bipartisan vote of 87-13 – the most Senate votes ever. Thanks to her leadership, the Farm Bill provides historic levels of support for all types of farmers in Michigan – big and small, urban and rural. It also improves the dairy safety net, strengthens support for fruit and vegetable growers, protects land and water, expands local food economies, and invests in Michigan’s small towns and rural communities. As she likes to say, it has Michigan on every page.
Senator Stabenow has also led successful efforts to protect and expand access to healthy foods for children, families, and seniors.
A Protector of Our Great Lakes
After her election to the U.S. Senate, one of the first bills Senator Stabenow passed into law was a ban on oil and gas drilling in the Great Lakes. Today she is Co-Chair of the U.S. Senate’s bipartisan Great Lakes Task Force and one of our greatest champions for protecting the Great Lakes and our waterways.
Senator Stabenow authored the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which is helping Michigan communities improve the quality of their water and restore wildlife habitats. No one has fought harder to secure federal funding in support of the Great Lakes, from cleaning up our waterways, to fighting invasive species, to modernizing the Soo Locks, a critical link for Michigan businesses to the global economy.
Senator Stabenow is deeply concerned about the number of Michigan families and service members who have been exposed to per- and polyfluoralkyl substances (PFAS). She has fought hard to secure funding to clean up contaminated sites, study the health impacts of PFAS exposure, and connect homes to safe drinking water supplies. She has also called on the Environmental Protection Agency to establish federal drinking water standards for PFAS.
Michigan Through and Through
With six offices around the State, Senator Stabenow is always ready to help Michigan residents who are having issues with federal programs. She fights for resources that local communities need such as new hospital emergency rooms and life-saving equipment for local fire departments.
A musician at heart, Senator Stabenow sings and plays both the piano and the guitar. She is a United Methodist and grew up performing with her family in church and in the community. Her home is in Lansing. She has two grown children, Todd and Michelle; a daughter-in-law, Sara; a son-in-law, Scott; and five beautiful grandchildren.
Michigan State University
Michigan State University
Stabenow lives in Lansing, MI. She has two children.
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2018 US Senator
|Debbie Stabenow (D)||2,214,478||52.3%|
|John James (R)||1,938,818||45.8%|
STABENOW, DEBBIE has run in 2 races for public office, winning 2 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $32,287,697.
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Senator Stabenow is a member of the following Senate Committees:
- Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, Chairwoman
- Committee on the Budget
- Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
- Committee on Finance
Senator Debbie Stabenow is Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry. This Committee has jurisdiction over agriculture programs, nutrition programs, and rural development.
Along with the House Budget Committee, it is responsible for drafting Congress’ annual budget plan and monitoring action on the budget for the Federal Government. In addition, the Budget Committee has jurisdiction over the operation of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). While the budget resolution prepared by the Budget Committee sets out a broad blueprint for the Congress with respect to the total levels of revenues and spending for the government as a whole, the Finance Committee and the Appropriations Committee prepare the legislation that actually enacts specific tax and spending policies. The Budget Committee does not have subcommittees.
The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee works on issues to protect public health and the environment, conduct oversight of the Environmental Protection Agency and push for smart investments in our nation’s infrastructure.
- Subcommittee on clean air, climate, and nuclear safety
- Subcommittee on fisheries, water, and wildlife
- Subcommittee on transportation and infrastructure
The Senate Finance Committee is one of the most influential committees in the U.S. Senate and has jurisdiction over a wide range of issues important to Michigan. All legislation regarding Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, trade policy, pensions and tax policy is referred to the Finance Committee.
- Subcommittee on Health Care, Ranking Member
- Subcommittee on International Trade and Global Competitiveness
Senator Debbie Stabenow is the Co-Chair of the bipartisan Senate Great Lakes Task Force and is one of our greatest champions for protecting our Great Lakes and environment. As someone who has lived in Michigan her whole life, Stabenow understands that our Great Lakes and waterways are vital to our economy and our way of life—supporting more than 800,000 Michigan jobs. More
U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow believes our veterans should not stand at the back of any line. Whether it’s health care, education, a chance at a good job, or the military recognitions they earned in service, our nation must keep its promises to our heroes who have served. She learned this respect for service from her own family – her father served in World War II. More
As Sen. Stabenow travels the state, she frequently meets with business owners who express a critical need for more skilled workers. She also meets with labor leaders who offer opportunities for training and apprenticeships for good-paying jobs in the skilled trades. And she hears from parents frustrated with the lack of opportunities for their children who are not college-bound as well as educators who are innovating to meet these needs. Last summer, she brought all of these leaders together in communities across the state to discuss how we can partner to meet the needs of employers and provide job opportunities for all Michigan workers and students. Now she is introducing her New Skills for New Jobs Agenda to help every young person get the skills they need for a good-paying job. More
Senator Debbie Stabenow is a champion for Michigan agriculture and rural communities. As Chair of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, she wrote the bipartisan 2014 Farm Bill, which streamlined more than 100 programs while making historic investments in land and water conservation, local food systems, and specialty crops. As the current Chairwoman of the Committee, she built on that progress by co-authoring the historic 2018 Farm Bill, which passed on a strong bipartisan Senate vote of 87-13 – the most votes in favor of a Farm Bill in history. The bipartisan 2018 Farm Bill strengthens Michigan’s agricultural economy, which is the state’s second-largest industry, supporting one in four jobs. The bill also has a major impact in protecting Michigan’s Great Lakes, investing in our small towns and rural communities, promoting Michigan forestry, growing local food economies, and providing healthy food for families. More
Senator Debbie Stabenow is a champion for Michigan agriculture and rural communities. As Chair of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, she wrote the bipartisan 2014 Farm Bill, which streamlined more than 100 programs while making historic investments in land and water conservation, local food systems, and specialty crops. As the current Ranking Member of the Committee, she built on that progress by co-authoring the historic 2018 Farm Bill, which passed on a strong bipartisan Senate vote of 87-13 – the most votes in favor of a Farm Bill in history.
The bipartisan 2018 Farm Bill strengthens Michigan’s agricultural economy, which is the state’s second-largest industry, supporting one in four jobs. The bill also has a major impact in protecting Michigan’s Great Lakes, investing in our small towns and rural communities, promoting Michigan forestry, growing local food economies, and providing healthy food for families.
As Sen. Stabenow travels the state, she frequently meets with business owners who express a critical need for more skilled workers. She also meets with labor leaders who offer opportunities for training and apprenticeships for good-paying jobs in the skilled trades. And she hears from parents frustrated with the lack of opportunities for their children who are not college-bound as well as educators who are innovating to meet these needs. Last summer, she brought all of these leaders together in communities across the state to discuss how we can partner to meet the needs of employers and provide job opportunities for all Michigan workers and students. Now she is introducing her New Skills for New Jobs Agenda to help every young person get the skills they need for a good-paying job.
Environment and Great Lakes
Protecting our Great Lakes and Waterways
Senator Debbie Stabenow is the Co-Chair of the bipartisan Senate Great Lakes Task Force and is one of our greatest champions for protecting our Great Lakes and environment. As someone who has lived in Michigan her whole life, Stabenow understands that our Great Lakes and waterways are vital to our economy and our way of life—supporting more than 800,000 Michigan jobs. In fact, the very first piece of legislation Senator Stabenow passed in the Senate banned oil and gas drilling in the Great Lakes.
Stabenow authored the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative in 2010 as a member of the Senate Budget Committee. This initiative has been successful in cleaning up our lakes, waterways, and beaches so Michigan families can enjoy swimming, boating and fishing. When the Trump Administration gutted funding for the Great Lakes, Stabenow led a bipartisan coalition to get every penny restored.
Read more about her new bipartisan legislation to expand funding here.
As Chairwoman and later Ranking Member of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, Stabenow authored the 2014 Farm Bill and co-authored the 2018 Farm Bill. The Farm Bill continues to be one of the most significant investments in the conservation of our land, water, and Michigan way of life. Through targeted conservation efforts, the Farm Bill protects our Great Lakes and our water quality throughout Michigan, while preserving wildlife habitat to support hunting, fishing, and other outdoor recreation.
Senator Stabenow has been a leader in the fight to stop Asian carp, which pose a grave threat to the Great Lakes’ $7 billion fishery and $36 billion recreational boating industry. She authored and passed the Stop Invasive Species Act that required the federal government to take quicker action to stop the spread of Asian carp. Thanks to her leadership, the Army Corps of Engineers released the final comprehensive plan to stop Asian carp at the Brandon Road Lock and Dam — a critical choke point not far from Lake Michigan. Congress can now authorize funding for this critical project and finally advance a long-term solution. Read more about her efforts to combat invasive species here.
Senator Stabenow also wrote and passed legislation that successfully banned personal care products that contain tiny plastic particles that can get through water treatment facilities and harm fish and wildlife. This ban went into effect in 2018.
Taking Real Action on Climate Change
Senator Stabenow knows that climate change is real and is having a serious impact on Michigan. Our lakes are getting warmer, which is bad for our cold-water fish populations but great for invasive species like Asian carp. Our weather is also getting more intense— leading to catastrophic storms and flooding. Stabenow understands we can and must take real action now to do something about the carbon pollution and other greenhouse gases that are causing climate change.
That’s why as Ranking Member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and a senior member of Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee and Finance Committee, she has championed polices and initiatives that dramatically reduce carbon emissions, create jobs in renewable energy and clean manufacturing sectors and promote sustainable agriculture. Her bipartisan Farm Bill includes the most ambitious climate-smart agriculture and forestry policies to date. She has also authored multiple bipartisan bills that will ensure that the United States—not China—is the global leader on advanced transportation technologies like electric and hydrogen vehicles.
Protecting Public Health
Senator Stabenow has been a tireless advocate for public health and the environment in Michigan and across the country. She is making sure every family has access to clean air and clean water and has fought efforts to gut environmental protections.
When the Flint water crisis happened, Senator Stabenow led the passage of a law to provide $170 million for Flint and other communities to repair and replace pipes and provide health care and nutritious food to children and families affected by lead contamination.
Stabenow is deeply concerned about the number of Michigan families and service members who have been exposed to per- and polyfluoralkyl substances (PFAS). She has fought hard to secure funding to clean up contaminated sites, study the health impacts of PFAS exposure, and connect homes to safe drinking water supplies. She has also called on the Environmental Protection Agency to establish federal drinking water standards for PFAS.
Making Quality Health Care Affordable
Senator Stabenow believes that quality healthcare is a basic human right. As a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee and Ranking Member of the Health Subcommittee, she has led efforts in Congress to make health care more affordable.
U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow believes our veterans should not stand at the back of any line. Whether it’s health care, education, a chance at a good job, or the military recognitions they earned in service, our nation must keep its promises to our heroes who have served. She learned this respect for service from her own family – her father served in World War II.
Senator Stabenow is dedicated to ensuring that our veterans receive the military honors they have earned defending our country. She authored and passed legislation paving the way for Michigan veteran James C. McCloughan to be awarded the Medal of Honor. She is a champion for our national cemeteries, memorials, and other efforts to honor those who serve.
Health Care for Veterans
One of the biggest ways in which Senator Stabenow has made a difference for Michigan veterans is in the opening of new health clinics. Thanks to her work, Michigan veterans are being served by new and expanded clinics in Alpena, Bad Axe, Cadillac, Cheboygan County, Clare, Gaylord, Grayling, Oscoda, Traverse City, and Wyoming.
Whether it’s championing new and expanded VA health clinics, or improving mental health services, Senator Stabenow is committed to bringing veterans the care they need close to home. After she heard from veterans across the state about problems with the Veterans Choice program, Senator Stabenow authored and passed legislation to improve VA care.
The VA Mission Act, which was signed into law in 2018, included her legislation to require the VA to pay providers within 30 days of receiving an electronic claim or 45 days of receiving a paper claim. This will ensure that rural hospitals and providers are reimbursed for services and can continue to see patients. The VA Mission Act also expands caregiver benefits and establishes one community care program that allows veterans and their doctors to choose where to get health care.
Senator Stabenow is also making sure that veterans and their families harmed by PFAS chemicals will be eligible for treatment and benefits from the VA. Her Veterans Exposed to Toxic PFAS Act (VET PFAS Act) would require the VA to cover treatment for any health condition found to be associated with exposure to PFAS. Under this bill, illnesses connected to PFAS exposure will also be considered a service-connected disability, making veterans exposed to PFAS eligible for disability payments and medical treatment from the VA.
Thanks to Senator Stabenow’s bipartisan work to support Alzheimer’s patients and their families, both Medicare and the veterans’ TRICARE system now cover Alzheimer’s care planning visits to provide patients and caregivers vital information on treatment options and services.
Mental Health Services
Senator Stabenow understands that many people who have served in our military have battle wounds that can’t necessarily be seen, which is why she is leading efforts to improve mental health care. Her Excellence in Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Act closed the gap in funding between physical and behavioral health care in communities around the country and set high-quality standards of care. The law requires certified community behavioral health clinics to provide intensive, community-based mental health care for members of the armed forces and veterans, particularly those who live in rural areas. And it requires care coordination across settings, including VA medical centers and outpatient clinics.
Senator Stabenow sponsored the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act and the Female Veterans Suicide Prevention Act, which were both signed into law.
Veterans Transition Assistance
As Senator Stabenow has met with Michigan veterans, commanders, and service providers across our state, one of the top concerns they have raised is the difficulty veterans have in transitioning from a life in the military to civilian life. Community resources are available for transitioning veterans, but many veterans don’t know about them. Meanwhile, many organizations that offer assistance aren’t aware of people in their community who could use help.
In response, Senator Stabenow introduced the bipartisan IMPROVE Transition for Servicemembers Act, which was signed into law as part of the annual National Defense Authorization Act. It would allow servicemembers to opt into a system that will send their contact information to their State Veterans Affairs Agency. This system will ensure that they and their families are connected to local community groups – including veterans service organizations – that provide employment, health care, and other services.
The legislation also directs the Department of Defense to ensure that servicemembers receive regular information about professional development and education opportunities such as Military Tuition Assistance. And it creates greater accountability by requiring the Defense Department to ask veterans about their transition experience on a regular basis.
Education and Job Opportunities
Senator Stabenow sponsored the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill and follow-up legislation to make it work better for veterans pursuing additional education. She has long championed better job opportunities for our veterans.
Senator Stabenow’s Apprenticeship and Jobs Training Act would provide businesses with a tax cut up to $5,000 for each new employee enrolled in a federal- or state-registered apprenticeship program. Apprenticeship program credit could be given for previous military training, meaning that veterans would be able to get into skilled jobs that match their military experience sooner.
Careers in Agriculture
As Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Senator Stabenow championed initiatives in the bipartisan 2014 Farm Bill, which she authored, to help veterans start careers in agriculture, creating a Veteran Liaison at the Agriculture Department and providing veterans more training and financing.
To build on this progress, Senator Stabenow authored provisions that help expand support for farmer veterans in the 2018 Farm Bill. The provisions make risk management tools like crop insurance more affordable, improve access to land and capital, and prioritize training to help veterans succeed in agriculture.