Granholm to Headline Ohio Democratic Party 2015 State Dinner

COLUMBUS — Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm will be the keynote speaker at the Ohio Democratic Party’s 2015 State Dinner on Saturday, June 27, at 6 p.m. at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

“Governor Granholm inspired the country with her fiery 2012 Democratic National Convention speech, so we’re thrilled to welcome her to Ohio to do the same as we prepare for 2016,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chair David Pepper.

“The Governor’s electrifying speech in 2012 highlighted the fact that the auto recovery didn’t just save Michigan jobs — it saved more than 150,000 good-paying, family-sustaining jobs right here in Ohio,” said Ohio Democratic Party spokeswoman Jennifer Donohoe. “Neither Rob Portman nor John Kasich fought to save those jobs. In fact, they opposed the auto rescue, and worse, tried to make excuses for Mitt Romney, who wanted to let the industry go bankrupt and lose millions of American jobs. Democrats are fighting for economic opportunity for all Ohioans and good jobs for the long term, and Governor Granholm will make that message crystal clear.”

As an adjunct faculty member at UC Berkeley, Granholm teaches courses in law and public policy. She is also a senior research fellow at the Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute and the Director of the American Jobs Project, a national research project focused on developing state-specific policy and technology roadmaps to create jobs in advanced energy economic sectors. She served as Michigan’s 47th governor from 2003 to 2011 and as Michigan’s attorney general from 1998-2002. After leaving office, she hosted Current TV’s political news analysis show “The War Room with Jennifer Granholm” and co-authored with her husband, Dan Mulhern, “A Governor’s Story: The Fight for Jobs and America’s Economic Future.” She is co-chair of Priorities USA Action, a super PAC that is supporting Hillary Clinton for President in 2016.

Granholm is one of the nation’s leading authorities on clean energy policy. During her tenure, she pioneered clean energy policies, working with business, labor, Republicans and Democrats, to create new economic opportunities in Michigan. Her leadership attracted to Michigan more than 89,000 clean energy jobs and $9.4 billion in investments in that sector.

Under her leadership, Michigan had the second-highest rate of child health care coverage in the nation. While serving as governor, Michigan was repeatedly named one of the top three states in the nation for business locations or expansions and was twice recognized by The Pew Center on the States as one of the best-managed states in the nation.

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