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Debbie Stabenow

Debbie Stabenow (born in Gladwin, MI, April 29, 1950) is a Democratic member of the United States Senate, representing Michigan.

Early Life & Career


Growing up in Clare, Michigan Debbie Stabenow, was the daughter of an Oldsmobile dealer, and the Director of Nursing at the local hospital. She graduated at the top of her class from Clare High School and went on to receive 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 first 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 in just two years, was elected Chair of the Board. She was elected to the Michigan House of Representatives where she served for twelve years (1979-90) and to the State Senate where she served for four years (1991-94).

Elected to the U.S. Congress in 1996 representing Michigan's Eighth Congressional District, she made history in 2000 when she became the first woman from the State of Michigan elected to the United States Senate.


Public Service

Ingham County commissioner 1975-1978; member, State house of representatives 1979-1990; member, State senate 1991-1994; elected as a Democrat to the One Hundred Fifth and One Hundred Sixth Congresses (January 3, 1997-January 3, 2001); was not a candidate for reelection to the House of Representatives in 2000, but was elected to the United States Senate for the term commencing January 3, 2001; reelected in 2006 for the term ending January 3, 2013; Democratic Conference secretary (2005-2007).[2]


Debbie Stabenow proposed the “Emergency Relief for Farmers of Color Act” along with Senator Reverend Raphael Warnock (D-GA), Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Senator Ben Ray Lujan (D- NM). The 4 billion proposal became Section 1005 of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.[3]

A press release from [4] Raphael Warnock revealed that 600 groups supported the effort:

Major food companies and popular brands, including Danone, Nestle, Mars, Unilever, PepsiCo, Kellogg, Del Monte, Coca-Cola, Clif Bar, Ben & Jerry's, Chobani, KIND, Stonyfield, King Arthur, and Cabot Creamery;
Agricultural racial equity champions, including the National Black Farmers Association, Rural Coalition, the Intertribal Agriculture Council, the National Latino Farmers and Ranchers Trade Association, and the Federation of Southern Cooperatives;
Farm groups and companies, including the National Farmers Union, National Milk Producers Federation, American Farm Bureau, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, Land O'Lakes, John Deere, Bayer, Cargill, Corteva, and Syngenta;
Chefs and food leaders, including Tom Colicchio, Andrew Zimmern, Marcus Samuelsson, Sam Kass, Thomas Keller, Danny Meyer, Aaron Sanchez, Amanda Cohen, Adrian Lipscombe, and Claudine Pepin.
Food and farm advocates, including the Environmental Working Group, Farm Aid, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, Natural Resources Defense Council, and the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Nine U.S. Senators Visit Bien Hoa


On April 20, 2019, Vietnam and the U.S. recorded a significant milestone on Agent Orange when Senator Patrick Leahy led a Congressional Delegation of nine U.S. senators to Bien Hoa, a city 20 miles north of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The senators witnessed the signing of a five year $50 million Memorandum of Intent to assist children and young Vietnamese born with disabilities linked to exposure of a parent, grandparent or great grandparent to Agent Orange/dioxin. The delegation also took part in a groundbreaking ceremony for a ten year $300 million project to clean up dioxin residues left by Agent Orange at the Bien Hoa Airbase.

Delegates were Senators Lisa Murkowski, Rob Portman, Sheldon Whitehouse, Mazie Hirono, Debbie Stabenow, Tammy Baldwin, Tim Kaine, Tom Udall.

International ATHENA Foundation

Debbie Stabenow recognized the International ATHENA Foundation "for their important support of women in the workplace" in the Congressional Record, May 14, 1997[5] She was joined in her recognition by Lynn Rivers, Vernon Ehlers, Pete Hoekstra, Dale Kildee, John Dingell, John Conyers, Jr., Jim Barcia, David Bonior, Sander Levin, Carolyn Kilpatrick, Bart Stupak, and Debbie Stabenow.

Relationship to socialist Millie Jeffrey

Debbie Stabenow visited Moscow, Leningrad and Tblisi, Georgia in the U.S.S.R. in 1989 as a delegate with Women for a Meaningful Summit traveling with the Hon. Millie Jeffrey and JoAnn Watson[6]

Millie was open to everything and everybody. She made friends with everyone—young and old, men and women, big and small, those who spoke English and those who didn’t. Said her friend, Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow, who was with her on a delegation of women to the Soviet Union

"Every place we went women would walk in off the street and ask if Millie was there. And they may have been speaking another language, but they would walk in and they would be looking for Millie Jeffrey.” [7]

In 1995 Mildred Jeffrey accompanied Debbie Stabenow to China.[8]

Millie's capacity for connecting with people was unmatched. As one who traveled with her to the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, it was amazing to see people from all over the world, hearing we were from Michigan, asking if we knew Millie Jeffrey and if we could tell them where she was; or that their grandmother, their aunt, suggested they meet Millie Jeffrey....

In 1994 Mildred Jeffrey was a leader[9]in the Stabenow for Governor Committee.

On Millie Jeffrey's death in 2004 Debbie Stabenow wrote[10]; I have lost a very dear friend, as have the people of Michigan and hundreds of thousands of people across the country. Millie Jeffery is an icon in the State of Michigan and in our country for civil rights, women's rights, and workers' rights. Her life has epitomized the principles by which we all strive to live our lives-justice, equality, and compassion...
Millie is the "political godmother" for many of us, and we are extremely grateful for her love and support.

In 2000 Millie Jeffrey was part[11]of Team Stabenow-actively supporting her friend's successful bid for U.S. senate.

When Millie Jeffrey died in 2004[12]Michigan Democrats Gov. Jennifer Granholm and Stabenow spoke of their debt of gratitude to her work.

When Millie died last week, both Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm and Sen. Debbie Stabenow (DMich.) told the media that they would not be in their current positions without the decades of work that Millie had put in on behalf of equal opportunities for women.

Honoring Millie Jeffrey

On May 15, 2004, the Michigan Democratic Party held their annual Jefferson Jackson Day Dinner. At the dinner an iron sculpture representing equality, created by Wayne State University students was presented to the family of Millie Jeffrey. Jeffrey was a founder-leader of the Democratic Socialists of America. MDP Chair Melvin Hollowell stated that the Lifetime Achievement Award was given in tribute to "Millie's wonderful and enduring legacy of fighting for the equal rights of all people, particularly women." U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, U.S. Representative Carolyn Kilpatrick and Governor Jennifer Granholm presented the award. The keynote speaker was former U.S. House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt.[13]

Co-sponsored Resolution Honoring DSA Leader

On May 20, 2004, Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin co-sponsored Senate Resolution 367: A resolution honoring the life of Mildred McWilliams "Millie" Jeffrey (1910-2004) and her contributions to her community and to the United States.. The resolution passed with unanimous consent.[14]

"Passing the Torch"

In celebration of Women’s History Month in March 2006, the Michigan Veteran Feminists of America presented the documentary Passing the Torch on March 25 on PBS (WTVS, Channel 56).

The documentary, narrated by Lily Tomlin, explored Michigan women’s motivations to participate in "one of the most profound social movements of the 20th Century."

Detroit-area feminists were active in the women’s movement of the late ’60s and early ’70s, and they joined the national VFA organization in the fall of 2000 to ensure the gains that they helped to make on behalf of women remain in place today. Through interviews and oral histories, the documentary recalls the struggles of these engaging activists to establish domestic violence shelters, pass legislation to promote more accessible child care and gain reproductive rights.

Luminaries such as former Michigan First Lady Helen Milliken, Erma Henderson, the first African American woman elected to the Detroit City Council, UAW executive Millie Jeffrey, Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), and Governor Jennifer Granholm "reminisce about the protest marches, consciousness raising sessions and the excitement they felt when opening doors that had been closed to women."[15]

Helped by socialist Elizabeth Bunn

Democratic Socialists of America member Elizabeth Bunn was the creator of the UAW's Woman-to-Woman campaign that helped elect Senator Debbie Stabenow in 2000 and Governor Jennifer Granholm in 2002.[16]

NEXT AGENDA Conference

NEXT AGENDA was held at the National Press Club, Main Ballroom, Feb. 28,2001.

At Feb. 28 Conference on NEXT AGENDA, progressive activists, Congressional leaders will unite to forge strategy for "working families" agenda -- the day after President Bush delivers his plans to joint session of Congress.
-- Calling themselves the real "democratic majority," organizers and thinkers, led by the Campaign for America's Future, to release new book outlining an agenda for changes they insist most voters endorsed in 2000 elections.
On Feb. 28, a national conference on the NEXT AGENDA, will bring together progressive activists, intellectuals and allies in the Congress for the first time since the disputed election and battles over President Bush's cabinet nominees. It will frame the next two year's debate.
Sponsored by the progressive advocacy group, the Campaign for America's Future and its sister research organization, the Institute for America's Future, the Conference on the Next Progressive Agenda has been endorsed by a who's who of prominent leaders from the labor unions, women's organizations, civil rights groups, environmentalists and individual members of the House and Senate. Their goal: to forge a progressive movement to fight for the "working family" agenda they insist was endorsed by a majority of the voters in the 2000 election.

Organizers of the conference would release a new book, THE NEXT AGENDA: Blueprint for a New Progressive Movement, edited by Robert Borosage and Roger Hickey and published by Westview Press.

Special Guests were:

Take Back America Conferences

Debbie Stabenow was on the list of 129 speakers at the 2003 Take Back America conference, which was organized by the Institute for Policy Studies, and Democratic Socialists of America dominated Campaign for America's Future.[18]

Stabenow was on the list of 114 speakers (which included George Soros) at the 2004 Take Back America conference..[19]

Blue Green Alliance

The Blue Green Alliance sponsors the annual Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference. The 2009 conference was held from Feb. 4-6, 2009.

Conference speakers included:[20]

Supported by Council for a Livable World

The Council for a Livable World, founded in 1962 by long-time socialist activist and alleged Soviet agent, Leo Szilard, is a non-profit advocacy organization that seeks to "reduce the danger of nuclear weapons and increase national security", primarily through supporting progressive, congressional candidates who support their policies. The Council supported Debbie Stabenow in her successful Senate run as candidate for Michigan.[21] Se has also been previously supported by the Council in her House of Representatives run for Michigan.[22]

2012 CLW Senate victories

2012 CLW Senate Victories were;

Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Bob Casey (D-PA), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Angus King (I-ME), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Chris Murphy (D-CT) Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Jon Tester (D-MT), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI).[23]


The Council said of Stabenow when they endorsed her in 2012;

In 2000, Stebenow challenged incumbent Republican Senator Spencer Abraham. The contest was close, with the challenger trailing until the end. However, she beat Abraham by 49% - 489%, a margin of about 66,000 votes out of four million cast.
During her re-election bid in 2006, she scored a solid victory with 57% of the vote. Council for a Livable World enthusiastically supported her in both of those races.

Stabenow's accomplishments have been widely recognized. As a member of the Senate leadership in the 112th Congress, Sen. Stabenow serves on the powerful Senate Finance Committee, the Senate Energy Committee and the Budget Committee, and is Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture.
Senator Stabenow has taken a thoughtful and common sense approach to national security issues. She voted to stop the development of new nuclear weapons in order to prevent a new and dangerous arms race. She has also opposed wasteful spending on a national missile defense system that has yet to work. Additionally, she voted for the New START Treaty to reduce US and Russian nuclear arsenals.[24]
Sen. Stabenow earned a 100% rating on the Council’s voting record for the 111th Congress.

Council for a Livable World 2018

In 2018 Debbie Stabenow was endorsed by Council for a Livable World.[25]

Cuba connection

Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act of 2015

S 299, the Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act of 2015, principal sponsors are Sens. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.[26]

By May 20, it had accumulated 33 co-sponsors, including 26 Democrats - Sheldon Whitehouse, Tom Udall, Dick Durbin, Thomas Carper, Amy Klobuchar, Barbara Boxer, Jack Reed, Debbie Stabenow, Jeff Merkley, Chris Murphy, Benjamin Cardin, Chris Coons, Dianne Feinstein, Jeanne Shaheen, Sherrod Brown, Mazie Hirono, Brian Schatz, Tammy Baldwin, Ed Markey, Heidi Heitkamp, Jon Tester, Claire McCaskill, Ron Wyden, Tim Kaine, Al Franken, Elizabeth Warren, Michael Bennet, Martin Heinrich . [27]

Cuba 2015

Embassy of Cuba in New Zealand January 20, 2015:



Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla, received Senators Patrick Leahy (Vermont), Dick Durbin (Illinois), Sheldon Whitehouse (Rhode Island) and Debbie Stabenow (Michigan), and Representatives Chris Van Hollen (Maryland) and Peter Welch (Vermont), all members of the Democratic Party.

Topics of mutual interest were discussed during the meeting, with the participation of Cuba’s Ministry of Foreign Relations’ director general for the United States, Josefina Vidal, and the country’s chief diplomat at the Cuban Interests Section in Washington, Jose Ramon Cabanas.

2013 Cuba trip

A delegation of American lawmakers led by Senator Patrick Leahy arrived in Cuba on Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, in order to gauge the island's economic changes and to lobby on behalf of Alan Gross, an American whose detention has chilled relations between the two countries. The trip was the first to the Communist-run island by high-level US politicians since President Barack Obama's re-election in November.

The delegation also included, Republican senator Jeff Flake, the Democrat senators Sherrod Brown, Debbie Stabenow and Sheldon Whitehouse and the Democratic congressmen James McGovern (Massachusetts) and Chris Van Hollen from Maryland, Gross's home state.[28]

Staffer's trip to Cuba

Sen. Stabenow sent Amanda A. Renteria to Cuba for three days in July 2007. The trip was courtesy of a $1,681.70 grant from the Institute for Policy Studies connected Center for Democracy in the Americas... "Attended fact-finding mission to learn more about Cuba's leadership transition and ongoing program of reforms in Cuban government" .[29]

Agricultural exports to Cuba

In March 2009 legislation was expected to be launched to open the door to expanded agricultural exports from the US to Cuba.

It was expected that US Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Montana) will this week introduce legislation to congress that would open the door to more agricultural exports to Cuba.

Co-sponsors on the deal comprised Democrat senators Jeff Bingaman, Maria Cantwell, Tom Harkin, Mary Landrieu, Blanche Lincoln, Mark Pryor, Debbie Stabenow and Ron Wyden.[30]

Opposed Iraq War

Six of the eight U.S. Senators from the four upper Midwest states voted against the resolution to authorize force against Iraq, all of them Democrats or progressive Democrats: Mark Dayton and Paul Wellstone (Minn.), Russ Feingold (Wis.), Dick Durbin (Ill.), and Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow (Mich.).

Sen. Wellstone, the only member of the Senate voting "Nay" who was facing election that fall, died in a plane crash just prior to the 2002 election; his seat was taken by Republican Norm Coleman. But Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin, a Democrat, joined the war resistance a year later by voting against the $87 billion supplemental appropriation for the Iraq War.[31]

Democratic Party Super Delegates

In February 2008 Michigan Democratic Party Super Delegates were;[[32]

Charles Brown Mon, 25 Feb 2008

Spoke at Green Jobs Conference

On Feb. 5, 2009, Stabenow spoke alongside Rhone Resch, President and CEO, Solar Energy Industries Association and Cathy Zoi, CEO, Alliance for Climate Protection at the 2009 Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference, organized by the Blue Green Alliance. Also speaking at the conference were Van Jones, Founder and President, Green For All and Richard Trumka, Secretary-Treasurer, AFL-CIO.[33]

Manufacturing workers support tour

In late May, 2009, actor Danny Glover joined labor, political and civil-rights leaders on one of the first stops of a four-day, 11-state tour supporting U.S. manufacturing workers.

The 'Lethal Weapon' star told a crowd of mainly union workers Monday in the Detroit suburb of Hamtramck the 'deindustrialization of the nation' began in Michigan, and its workers can be 'the architects of their own rescue.'

Glover, the son of union members, said he stands with those affected by plant closings.

The event also included the Rev. Jesse Jackson, U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow and United Steelworkers International President Leo Gerard.[34]

DSA sponsored rally

Over 300 people attended the Call to Action Rally at the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) Local 876 Hall in Madison Heights on February 18th 2010. The rally was organized to press members of the Michigan Congressional delegation , particularly in the Senate, to pass key components of the progressive agenda including health care reform, cap and trade energy legislation, immigration reform, and the Employee Free Choice Act. Greater Detroit Democratic Socialists of America co-sponsored the rally along with 31 other organizations including Health Care for America Now, the UAW, the Metropolitan Detroit AFL-CIO, the Service Employees International Union ), UFCW, UNITE-HERE Local 24,AFSCME Council 25, Reform Immigration for America, Repower America (the organization founded by former Vice-President Al Gore to promote investment in renewable energy), Gray Panthers of Metro Detroit, Michigan Universal Health Care Access Network, the Arabic Community Coalition for Economic and Social Security, Southeast Michigan Jobs with Justice, MoveOn, and MOSES.

Congressmen Sander Levin and John Conyers, Jr. addressed the audience. In addition, aides to Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin and Representatives Dale Kildee, Gary Peters, Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, and John Dingell attended the rally.

DSA member Al Fishman spoke to the audience about how the disastrous wars in Iraq and Afghanistan had undermined Obama’s domestic agenda in a manner analogous to the way in which the Vietnam War undermined President Johnson’s Great Society programs. DSA Executive Board member Dave Ivers spoke about the imperative for a national jobs program, shared a personal anecdote about how the health care crisis had affected his family, and stressed the importance of Congress passing the Employee Free Choice Act to make it easier for workers to organize unions. Other speakers included Chris Michalakis, Legislative Director of UFCW Local 876, who spoke about the importance of comprehensive immigration reform. Luke Canfora of Repower America described the huge potential benefits of investment in renewable energy (decreased reliance on foreign oil, reduced emissions of greenhouse gases, and job creation). Marcia Boehm and Altheia Henry discussed the urgent need for health care reform. John Freeman, Michigan Director of Health Care for America Now, moderated the event.[35]

Detroit rally

Over 10,000 Detroiters marched down Washington Boulevard from the UAW-Ford National Programs Center to Grand Circus Park on Saturday, August 28th 2010, to demand "jobs, peace, and justice". The march was organized by United Auto Workers (UAW) President Bob King and Operation PUSH founder and director Reverend Jesse Jackson. It commemorated the 47th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s March on Washington.

The dais at Grand Circus Park was "teeming with dignitaries—politicians, clergy of every denomination, and union leaders". Among the elected officials present were Representatives John Conyers, Jr., John Dingell, Maxine Waters, Marcy Kaptur and Senator Debbie Stabenow. Michigan Democratic Party gubernatorial nominee Virg Bernero briefly addressed the audience and committed himself to placing the interests of Main Street over those of Wall Street. Among the union leaders who spoke were UAW President Bob King, newly-elected President of the Service Employees International Union Mary Kay Henry, Farm Laborers Organizing Committee President Baldemar Velasquez, and American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Council 25 President Al Garrett.[36]

EMILY's List

Stabenow has been supported by EMILY's List during her campaigning.

Aspen Institute

From May 23 - 28, 2004, Stabenow traveled to Barcelona, Spain to participate in a conference on political Islam. The trip which costed $7,511, was paid for by the Aspen Institute. From August 10 - 16 she traveled to Moscow, Russia to participate in a conference on U.S.-Russia relations.[37]

The Justice Caucus

On August 28, 2010, The Justice Caucus held a meeting at the 2010 Michigan Democratic Party Convention which ran from August 28-29, 2010. Speaking on the panel were Gov. Jennifer Granholm, Sen. Debbie Stabenow, Paul Stevenson, Justice Diane Hathaway, Justice Alton Thomas Davis, Judge Denise Langford Morris.[38] At the meeting, the Caucus presented Governor Jennifer Granholm with the "Spirit of Millie Award" honoring her contribution to Michigan's judiciary via judicial appointments.[39]

LA fundraiser

In late 2011, Andy Spahn put together a fund-raiser for Michigan’s junior Democratic senator, Debbie Stabenow. She is regarded as one of the senate’s up-an-comers and, won her seat four years ago by defeating a long-time Republican incumbent, Spencer Abraham, by a single point. She previously served in the House, after a career in the state legislature. She’s already secured a seat on the powerful senate finance committee.

Last time around, Abraham outspent Stabenow $13 million to $8 million and, this time around, progressive organizations strongly supported in Hollywood — like the Sierra Club and Emily’s List — intend to see she’s better armed financially. Among those co-hosting the Stabenow gathering, held at the Detroit Style Coney Dog in West Hollywood, were Clarence Avant, Eli Broad and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. [40]

Bring Jobs Home Act

Senator Stabenow, sponsored the Bring Jobs Home Act which would end tax breaks for companies that move jobs abroad and give tax incentives to those companies which bring jobs home. Although the bill had majority support (56-42) in the Senate, it was blocked by a Republican filibuster.[41]

Honduras letter

On Thursday, May 23, 2013, U.S. Senator Cardin (D-MD) circulated a Senate sign-on "Dear Colleague" letter to Secretary of State John Kerry addressing deepening concerns about Human Rights and the Rule of Law in Honduras.

The letter states that violence and impunity for state security forces in Honduras has reached intolerable levels and cites concerns related to extrajudicial killings, linkages to death squads, and increasing militarization of civilian law enforcement. The letter also raises the concern that State Department certifications intended to ensure that U.S. foreign aid supports the rule of law in Honduras may contradict the reality on the ground.

The letter asks State Department to:

  • provide Congress with a detailed assessment of the efficacy of current Honduran government efforts to address this issue as mandated by FY12 Appropriations language;
  • conduct a detailed review of specific State Department actions to help ensure that no U.S. funds are being used to support police implicated in human rights violations; and
  • make every reasonable effort to help ensure that Honduras' upcoming November 2013 elections are free, fair and peaceful.[42]

In addition to Cardin, the letter was cosigned by Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Tom Harkin (D-IA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Jack Reed (D-RI), Mark Udall (D-CO), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Robert P. Casey, Jr. (D-PA), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Michael F. Bennet (D-CO), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Chris Coons (D-DE), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Al Franken (D-MN) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH).[43]

Senate New Democrat Coalition members

The following Senators currently belong or belonged to the Senate New Democrat Coalition.[44][45][46]

ARA endorsement

Alliance for Retired Americans endorsed Debbie Stabenow in 2012.[47]

2015 ARA National Legislative Conference

400 activists came to Washington, DC for the Alliance for Retired Americans’s 2015 National Legislative Conference in July . The activists reached more than 150 offices on Thursday’s Lobby Day, when they met with their Members of Congress and Senators and voiced their concerns about retiree issues. Alliance members lobbied their elected officials with very specific goals in mind, including: expand earned Social Security benefits; protect Social Security Disability Insurance; preserve Medicare and allow no cuts to it; and oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Trade Agreement.

Richard Trumka, President of the AFL-CIO, began the conference with a fiery speech on Tuesday. Several elected officials addressed the attendees: House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (CA), Senators Bernie Sanders (VT), Debbie Stabenow (MI), and Elizabeth Warren (MA) and Representatives Keith Ellison (MN) and Ruben Gallego (AZ). On Wednesday evening, the President’s Award was presented to Judy Cato, Executive Vice-President Emerita, for her activism and years on the Alliance Executive Board.[48]

Women's convention

Women’s March announced that U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) will open the Women’s Convention’s Friday evening program, which will take place in Detroit from Friday, October 27 to Sunday, October 29 2017.

Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-MI), Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI), Wendy Carrillo, and [Erica Ford] will also join the roster of over 60 women speakers, femmes, and allies of all backgrounds who will join thousands for a weekend of workshops, strategy sessions, inspiring forums and intersectional movement building. The theme of the Convention, “Reclaiming Our Time,” will honor U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), who will be headlining the Convention on Saturday evening.

“It was amazing to be part of the Women’s Marches and witness democracy in action...I fully expect to see that same turnout, passion and energy here in Detroit, and I look forward to speaking with women leaders from across the country,” said Senator Debbie Stabenow.

The growing list of speakers include: Angela Rye, Amber Tamblyn, Symone Sanders, Piper Perabo, Sally Kohn, Nomiki Konst, Leah Greenberg, Lilliana Reyes, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Rebecca Cokley, Nina Turner, Stephanie Schriock, Ai-jen Poo, Aida Hurtado, Lenore Anderson, Stephanie Chang, Raquel Castaneda Lopez, Melissa Mark-Viverito, Sarah Eagle Heart, Rashida Tlaib, Brittany Packnett, Winnie Wong, Stosh Cotler, and the Women’s March co-chairs Bob Bland, Carmen Perez, Linda Sarsour and Tamika Mallory.[49]

Muslim Connections

Senator Stabenow is very close to Michigan's Muslim community.

Arab American Political Action Committee

Stabenow at the 8th Annual Dinner

The second annual Arab American Political Action Committee dinner was held in 1999 and was attended by over 800 people. Osama Siblani welcomed the audience and introduced Samer Jaafar the Chairman of the Endorsement Committee. AAPAC's president Abed Hammoud delivered the organization's message and plans for the future. Congressman David Bonior, the House Minority Whip and U.S Senator Spencer Abraham delivered their addresses. Dr. Mohamad Khansa chaired the Dinner Committee.

Prominent Michigan public officials in attendance included US Senator Spencer Abraham and his wife Jane Abraham, US Congressman David Bonior and his wife Judy Bonior, US Congressman John Dingell and his wife Debbie Dingell, US Congressman Sander Levin and his wife Vicki Levin, US Congressman John Conyers, Jr., US Congresswoman Debbie Stabenow, US Congressman Joe Knollenberg, US Congresswoman Lynn Rivers, Wayne County Sheriff Robert Ficano and Eunice Confer representing U.S. Senator Carl Levin.[50]

The eighth annual dinner of the Arab American Political Action Committee was held on November 4, 2005 at the Binte Jebail Cultural Center in Dearborn. Present at the dinner were John Conyers and Debbie Stabenow.[51]

Confidential memo


A memo detailing the creation and agenda of the National Muslim Democratic Council that is marked "CONFIDENTIAL; NOT FOR PUBLIC DISTRIBUTION" was leaked. In the section marked "2012 election strategy" the group specifically spelled out detailed plans to support the Democrats and target Republicans in "key races where American Muslims can make a difference."

According to the document, these races included:

  • Defeating Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., in his race against Patrick Murphy, D-Fla.;
  • Supporting former Gov. Tim Kaine, D-Va., in his race against former Sen. George Allen, R-Va., in the race for Virginia's vacant Senate seat;
  • Supporting Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., in her bid for re-election against former House Intelligence Committee Chairman Pete Hoekstra, R-Mich.;
  • And, supporting Joyce Beatty, D-Ohio, in her bid to capture the state's 3rd congressional district.

The confidential NMDC document was signed by several known Islamists such Jamiah Adams, Jihad Williams, Zeba Iqbal, Assad Akhter, Mazen Asbahi, CAIR's Basim Elkarra; and Linda Sarsour of the Arab American Association of New York.


“I want to thank the Arab-American and Muslim-American leaders in Michigan and across the country for their hard work…The Council on American Islamic Relations sent a delegation to Baghdad to lobby for her release.” - Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) speaking about the release of reporter Jill Carroll in 2006.[52]

Celebrating American Moslem Society

Thirteen years of fund-raising and five years of bricks-and-mortar work have doubled the size of the oldest mosque in Michigan. The $1.8 million expansion of the American Moslem Society was with a banquet celebrated Friday May 15 2009. Gov. Jennifer Granholm. U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., Dearborn Mayor Michael Guido and other officials and dignitaries attended, joining Detroit-area Muslims who trace their roots to Yemen, Egypt, Morocco, Pakistan and other countries. Keynote speaker was Dr. Jamal Badawi. "Everyone is accepted, here," Mahdi Ali, president of the society, told The Detroit News for a Wednesday story. "Please tell people that even if you are not Muslim, please come here on any day. And if you are just curious about Islam, come and sit in the new library and read our books in Arabic and English and Spanish for Muslims and non-Muslims and watch some of our videos.[53]

Closed meetings

March 2016, Fay Beydoun is the Executive Director of the American Arab Chamber of Commerce in Dearborn, Michigan. In early March, she saw Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speak at Detroit Manufacturing Systems where the candidate gave an almost 40 minute speech that focused on income inequality and misbehavior by corporate elites. Beydoun was impressed with how Clinton spoke about creating jobs and strengthening the economy. “The Arab American community is definitely divided in their support for Hillary or Bernie, but she is definitely the most qualified candidate for the Democrats. The Arab American community is definitely in agreement that her foreign policy is bad, but we still need to have a seat at the table if she is given the nomination.” Beydoun also praised the work by Congresswoman Debbie Dingell and Senator Debbie Stabenow for inviting Arab Americans to attend closed-door receptions to hear from Secretary Clinton away from the cameras.[54]

MSA connection

In July 2006, the Muslim Student Association was trying to raise awareness in the MSU community that there are numerous Muslim professors on campus because their achievements often go unnoticed among the larger community, members said.

The group brought together more than 20 Muslim professors Friday for an honorary dinner to build support in the Muslim community and to recognize the professors' academic achievements.

"We're trying to show the community that Muslim professors are amongst us, teaching and making contributions," said Abdulahi Sufi, a business administration and prelaw junior and member of the association. "

Maryam Khalil, a journalism sophomore, added that people should know that Muslim women strive for higher education, which goes against stereotypes about Muslim women being restricted from education.

Sufi said the association invited more than 50 Muslim professors at MSU, along with MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon and U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., who would not be in attendance but would send video messages.

"This is a way to thank (Muslim professors) for all that they do and for enhancing the intellectual fabric of the university," association president and human biology senior Farhan Azeez said.[55]

NIAC connection


MSA invitation


University of Michigan-Dearborn Muslim Students' Association January 4, 2018.

The UM-Dearborn MSA would like to thank Senator Debbie Stabenow for inviting us to discuss the important issues facing Muslims in America. #universityofmichigan #dearborn #msa #senator #debbie #stabenow #muslim #islam #peace #thankyou


The following have worked as staff members for Debbie Stabenow:[56]

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