Senator Debbie Stabenow is running for her fourth term representing Michigan in the U.S. Senate. At 24 years old, she was elected to the Ingham County Board of Commissioners and was elected Chair of the Board. She then served in the Michigan House of Representatives where she served for twelve years and the State Senate where she served for four years. In 1996, she was elected to represent Michigan’s 8th Congressional District. Four years later, she made history as the first woman to represent the state of Michigan in the Senate. Stabenow is an advocate for clean energy jobs and in 2009, she voted for the single largest investment in clean energy in history – more than $80 billion for energy efficiency, renewable energy and public transit in the economic recovery package. As a Co-Chair of the Great Lakes Task Force, protecting these incredible natural resources has been one of her top priorities. She is leading efforts to stop the spread of invasive species like Asian carp, passed bipartisan legislation to protect the Great Lakes from devastating oil spills, and her agriculture reform bill created a new regional partnership program to improve Great Lakes water quality while also making historic investments in land and water conservation, clean energy, local food systems, and specialty crops. Senator Stabenow has earned a solid lifetime score of 87% on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard.