Haley Maria Stevens[1] (born June 24, 1983) is an American politician from the state of Michigan. A Democrat, she is the member of the United States House of Representatives from Michigan’s 11th congressional district. The district includes many of Detroit‘s northern and western suburbs, such as Auburn Hills, Troy, Livonia, Canton Township, Bloomfield Hills, West Bloomfield Township, Novi, Rochester Hills, Birmingham, and Northville.

Early life and career

Stevens grew up in Rochester Hills, Michigan. She graduated from Seaholm High School in Birmingham, Michigan. She attended American University, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in political science and philosophy, and a Master of Arts in social policy and philosophy.[2] She became involved in politics in 2006, working for the Michigan Democratic Party as a volunteer organizer. She worked on Hillary Clinton‘s and Barack Obama‘s presidential campaigns in 2008, beginning with Clinton before the primary.[3]

In 2009, Steven Rattner hired Stevens to join the Presidential Task Force on the Auto Industry, and she served as his chief of staff.[3] She worked for the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute in Chicago, returning to Michigan in 2017.[4]

U.S. House of Representatives

Elections

2018

Over January and February 2017, Stevens moved back to Rochester Hills. She announced her candidacy for the United States House of Representatives seat in Michigan’s 11th congressional district in April 2017. The district had been represented by two-term Republican Dave Trott.[5]

Trott announced his retirement in September 2017, making the 11th an open seat.[4] Stevens defeated Tim Greimel in the Democratic Party primary election[6] and Republican nominee Lena Epstein in the general election.[7] Her victory, and that of Elissa Slotkin in the neighboring 8th district, made it the first time since the 1930s that no Republicans represented Oakland County in the House.[8] She also became the first Democrat to represent the 11th for a full term since it assumed its current configuration in 2003.

Stevens and Colin Allred, both alumni of the Obama administration, were selected as co-presidents of the House Democratic Freshman Class of the 116th United States Congress.[9]

2020

Stevens ran for reelection. She was unopposed in the Democratic primary[10] and defeated the Republican nominee, Eric Esshaki.[11]

Tenure

As of November 2021, Stevens had voted in line with Joe Biden‘s stated position 100% of the time.[12]

Committee assignments

Caucus memberships

Electoral history

Democratic primary results, Michigan’s 11th congressional district, 2018
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Haley Stevens 24,309 27.0
DemocraticTim Greimel19,67321.8
DemocraticSuneel Gupta19,25021.4
DemocraticFayrouz Saad17,49919.4
DemocraticNancy Skinner9,40710.5
Total votes90,138 100.0
Michigan’s 11th congressional district, 2018
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Haley Stevens 181,912 51.8
RepublicanLena Epstein158,46345.2
LibertarianLeonard Schwartz5,7991.7
IndependentCooper Nye4,7271.3
Total votes350,901 100.0
Democratic gain from Republican
Michigan’s 11th congressional district, 2020
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Haley Stevens (incumbent) 226,128 50.2
RepublicanEric Esshaki215,40547.8
LibertarianLeonard Schwartz8,9362.0
Total votes450,473 100.0
Democratic hold

Personal life

Stevens lives in Rochester Hills.[5] She and Rob Gulley, a software engineer she met in high school, began dating in adulthood and became engaged in June 2020.[15] They married on September 3, 2021.[16]

See also

References

  1. ^ “City of Chicago FOIA Request Log” (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on January 7, 2019. Retrieved January 6, 2019.
  2. ^ “House website About section”. Representative Haley Stevens. December 3, 2012. Archived from the original on October 9, 2020. Retrieved October 6, 2020.
  3. ^ a b “Detroit Free Press endorsement: Elissa Slotkin and Haley Stevens for Congress”. Detroit Free Press. October 31, 2018. Archived from the original on November 7, 2018. Retrieved October 31, 2018.
  4. ^ a b “Michigan native comes home for run against Rep. Trott”. Detroitnews.com. April 27, 2017. Archived from the original on November 9, 2018. Retrieved October 18, 2018.
  5. ^ a b Jonathan Oosting (April 27, 2017). “Michigan native comes home for run against Rep. Trott”. The Detroit News. Archived from the original on November 9, 2018. Retrieved October 18, 2018.
  6. ^ “Lena Epstein and Haley Stevens will compete for 11th Congressional District seat | Local News”. theoaklandpress.com. August 7, 2018. Archived from the original on November 7, 2018. Retrieved October 18, 2018.
  7. ^ “Haley Stevens defeats Lena Epstein in race for open U.S. House seat”. Freep.com. Archived from the original on November 21, 2018. Retrieved January 6, 2019.
  8. ^ Laitner, Bill (November 8, 2018). “Republican and Patterson’s hold on Oakland County may be at an end”. Detroit Free Press. Archived from the original on April 10, 2019. Retrieved January 21, 2019. All four congressional districts with a footprint in Oakland County will be held by Democrats come Jan. 1, with both the 8th District and the 11th District flipping from Republican on Tuesday.
  9. ^ Balz, Dan. “A leader of the Democratic Class of 2018 confronts the challenges of governing”. The Washington Post. Archived from the original on January 4, 2019. Retrieved January 6, 2019.
  10. ^ “2020 Michigan Election Results”. Michigan Secretary of State.
  11. ^ Spangler, Todd. “Haley Stevens holds off Eric Esshaki in U.S. House 11th District race”. Detroit Free Press.
  12. ^ Bycoffe, Anna Wiederkehr and Aaron (April 22, 2021). “Does Your Member Of Congress Vote With Or Against Biden?”. FiveThirtyEight. Retrieved November 29, 2021.
  13. ^ “Members”. New Democrat Coalition. Archived from the original on February 8, 2018. Retrieved February 5, 2018.
  14. ^ “Featured Members”. Problem Solvers Caucus. Retrieved March 28, 2021.
  15. ^ Spangler, Todd (June 8, 2020). “Rep. Haley Stevens’ boyfriend proposes on romantic Orchard Lake boat ride”. Detroit Free Press. Archived from the original on June 8, 2020. Retrieved June 8, 2020.
  16. ^ @HaleyLive (September 5, 2021). “On September 3rd, Rob Gulley and I said forever and ever and I became his adoring wife. Blessed beyond belief and e…” (Tweet) – via Twitter.

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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan’s 11th congressional district

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