Debbie (Debbie) Stabenow (D)
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Capitol: 202.224.4822
FAX: 202.228.0325
District: 810.720.4172
Room 731 HSOB- Hart Senate Office Building 120 Constitution Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20510-2204

Residence: Lansing, MI
Elected: 2000    Next Election: 2024
DOB: 4/29/1950
Committee Assignments
ChairmanSenate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
FC MemberSenate Beef Caucus
FC MemberSenate Sweetener Caucus
Co-ChairSenate Manufacturing Caucus
ChairmanSenate Subcommittee on Energy, Natural Resources, and Infrastructure
Co-ChairBicameral Congressional Caucus on Parkinson's Disease
Co-ChairSenate Produce Caucus
Co-ChairGreat Lakes Task Force (Senate)
Co-ChairSenate FFA Caucus
MemberSenate Committee on Finance
MemberJoint Committee on Taxation
FC MemberSenate Steel Caucus
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Health Care
MemberSenate Subcommittee on International Trade, Customs, and Global Competitiveness
FC MemberCongressional Automotive Performance and Motorsports Caucus
FC MemberSenate New Democrat Coalition
FC MemberHonoring, Embracing, and Recognizing Our Exceptional Service Members (HEROES) Caucus
FC MemberSenate Baltic Freedom Caucus
FC MemberSenate Community Pharmacy Caucus
FC MemberSenate Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Caucus
FC MemberSenate Community Health Center Caucus
MemberSenate Committee on Budget
FC MemberSenate Auto Caucus
FC MemberSenate Caucus on Missing, Exploited and Runaway Children
FC MemberSenate Caucus on Foster Youth
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water, and Wildlife
FC MemberCongressional Philanthropy Caucus
FC MemberSenate Nursing Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Caucus (COPD)
FC MemberSenate Reserve Components Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Social Work Caucus
FC MemberSenate Working Forests Caucus
FC MemberSenate Community College Caucus
FC MemberSenate Women's Caucus on Burma
FC MemberCongressional Heart and Stroke Coalition
FC MemberCongressional Farmer Cooperative Caucus
FC MemberSenate Cancer Coalition
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Clean Air, Climate, and Nuclear Safety
MemberSenate Committee on Environment and Public Works
Ex-OfficioSenate Subcommittee on Conservation, Climate, Forestry, and Natural Resources
Ex-OfficioSenate Subcommittee on Commodities, Risk Management and Trade
Ex-OfficioSenate Subcommittee on Rural Development and Energy
Ex-OfficioSenate Subcommittee on Food and Nutrition, Specialty Crops, Organics, and Research
Ex-OfficioSenate Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, Poultry, Local Food Systems, and Food Safety and Security
FC MemberSenate Climate Solutions Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Assisting Caregivers Today (ACT) Caucus
FC MemberSenate Defend Social Security Caucus
FC MemberNextGen 9-1-1 Caucus
FC MemberSenate Hunger Caucus
FC MemberSenate Rural Health Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Olympic and Paralympic Caucus
FC MemberSenate Travel and Tourism Caucus
Co-ChairGreat Lakes Task Force (Joint)
FC MemberCongressional Boating Caucus
FC MemberSenate Democratic Hispanic Task Force (HTF)
FC MemberCongressional Bicameral High-Speed and Intercity Passenger Rail Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Community Health Center Caucus
FC MemberSenate Diabetes Caucus
FC MemberSenate ALS Caucus
FC MemberUnited States Coast Guard Caucus
FC MemberSenate Military Family Caucus
FC MemberNortheast-Midwest Senate Coalition
FC MemberSenate Veterans Jobs Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus for Women's Issues (Senate)
FC MemberSenate Mental Health Caucus
FC MemberSenate Afterschool Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Coalition on Adoption
FC MemberCongressional Sportsmen's Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Internet Caucus
FC MemberExpand Social Security Caucus (Senate)
FC MemberCongressional Italian American Caucus
FC MemberSenate Impact Aid Coalition
FC MemberSenate National Service Caucus
Co-ChairPaper and Packaging Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Chemistry Caucus
FC MemberAir Force Caucus (Senate)
FC MemberCongressional Recycling Caucus
FC MemberSenate Small Brewers Caucus
FC MemberSenate India Caucus
FC MemberSenate National Guard Caucus
FC MemberSenate Cultural Caucus
FC MemberDairy Caucus
FC MemberCoalition for Autism Research and Education (CARE)
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer's Disease
FC MemberInternational Conservation Caucus (ICC)
FC MemberCongressional Rare Disease Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Fire Services Caucus


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.

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.

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.

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." 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 Chairwoman 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.

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.

Senator Stabenow has also led successful efforts to protect and expand access to healthy foods for children, families, and seniors.

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 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.

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.