Gov. Whitmer Celebrates Historic Election Win for Democrats
Not only did Gov. Gretchen Whitmer make history by winning the first gubernatorial matchup between two women in Michigan, she became a bigger piece of history overall as she saw her party win the top three executive positions, pass the three ballot proposals they supported and took majority in the State House and Senate.
“We haven’t seen anything like this in probably 40 years,” Whitmer said.
Whitmer defended her seat against challenger Tudor Dixon.
“I was pleased that Mrs. Dixon called to concede this morning,” said Whitmer. “I think it’s important for us to move on to the next chapter and respect the will of the people, and so I was very pleased about that.”
Along with earning an extra four years, the incumbent Democrat is surrounded by allies.
“All the top constitutional officers, all three ballot initiatives, and the House, and the Senate was kind of historic,” said Whitmer.
It’s been 38 years since that last happened. This means the Democrats will decide what bills go up for vote, they will have the majority of votes on their side and a governor who’s willing to sign it.
“We have a small majority in both chambers of the Senate and House. It’s the first time in decades, and so I think this is an opportunity for us to really set an agenda and make some generational change,” said Whitmer. “Changes that will really help people get ahead in Michigan for years and years to come.”
In the past, this has allowed Republicans to push their agenda and block the Dems from their interests and goals.
“So far the dynamic has been, the governor introduces her legislative priorities, her budget priorities, and then the Republican legislature has really been negotiating against her,” said Sen. Mallory McMorrow, a Democrat from Royal Oak.
The interesting thing may be that this is not a national trend. Republicans won elsewhere but not much in Michigan.
“I don’t know what’s going on in all the other states, I can just tell you that I’m excited about the prospect of continuing to land good paying jobs,” said Whitmer. “That are helping people get skills and luring talent here and keep them here and keep our kids back on track.”
With great power comes great responsibility. While in a split government, Whitmer could blame not getting promises done due to interference. Now she has all the power needed, and if she can’t do what she promises, there’s nobody to blame but herself.
“We will stay focused on the things that we’ve been working on for the last four years. We’re making real progress, but now is the time to take it to the next level,” said Whitmer. “We know that if Michigan is not competing and winning this decade, we run the risk of being left behind for a generation.”
Michiganders won’t have to wait until January when the term starts to see some difference. A “lame duck” session is coming. That’s when the exiting legislature tries to rush through last-minute bills.