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Jennifer M. Granholm is a former two-term governor and former attorney general of Michigan. She currently serves as the co-chair of Priorities USA Action and is the Director of The American Jobs Project at UC Berkeley, where she also teaches courses in law and public policy.
After leaving office, Granholm hosted Current TV’s national political analysis show The War Room with Jennifer Granholm and co-authored the Washington Post political bestseller, A Governor’s Story: The Fight for Jobs and America’s Economic Future. Today, Granholm advocates for a national commitment to advanced manufacturing, worker training, and clean energy.
Dr. Coburn challenges the broken partisan culture of Washington. When audiences hear Dr. Coburn speak, they hear what The Week calls "authentic, adult conservatism." Coburn serves as the antidote to a high-tension political environment, with level-headed, thoughtful and practical solutions to reduce wasteful Washington spending, increase accountability and transparency for all taxpayers, restore Constitutional government, and make healthcare more affordable and accessible for all Americans. Dr. Tom Coburn is a medical doctor and retired member of Congress, who represented the state of Oklahoma in both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. Described by newspapers as a budget hawk, he established himself as "a statesman willing to reach across the aisle to find solutions to the nation's budget woes" (Associated Press) and as a man who is "thoughtful and willing to seek solutions to big problems" (Politico).
Governor Jennifer M. Granholm served two terms as Governor of Michigan, leading a state with a $40 billion annual budget and over 55,000 employees. As governor, Granholm pioneered clean energy innovation, economic development, and led the state through the national crisis in the turn-around of the American automotive and manufacturing sectors. She laid the ground for the improvement in Michigan’s economy after the auto industry bankruptcies, with bi-partisan efforts that engaged the private sector, fostered critical partnerships between industry, government and researchers, and created economic incentives in battery manufacturing, bio-energy, solar and wind power.
During her terms, the state attracted almost 4,000 companies, and Site Selection Magazine repeatedly named Michigan as one of the top three states in the nation for business locations or expansions. Under her leadership, Michigan was twice recognized by The Pew Center on the States as one of the best-managed states in the nation. According to the Gallup Job Creation Index, Michigan led the country in the improvement of job market conditions following the great recession. Prior to being elected Governor, she was Attorney General for the State of Michigan.
Granholm is currently a Managing Partner of RIDGE-LANE LP, where she leads the firm’s Sustainability practice. She also teaches policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, is a Senior Research Fellow at the Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute (BECI), and a Senior Fellow at the Berkeley Center for Information Technology Research in the Interests of Society (CITRIS). In addition to her work at UC Berkeley, Granholm is a member of the advisory board at The University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics (IOP).
Granholm leads several initiatives focused on exploring how technological advancements impact jobs and the economy. She is the Chair of the American Jobs Project, a multi-state 25-university research project focused on advanced manufacturing jobs in clean energy. As an advisor to the Autonomous World Fund, Granholm also provides strategic guidance on automated/AI-connected, electric, and shared vehicles.
Granholm is a Senior Political Contributor to CNN and serves on the board of directors of Proterra and Marinette Marine Corporation. She's a Senior Advisor to Media Matters for America and the Chair of the American Bridge Foundation. In addition, she's the co-author of the political bestseller, A Governor’s Story: The Fight for Jobs and America’s Economic Future. She is an honors graduate of UC Berkeley and Harvard Law School.
Described by newspapers as a budget hawk, junior Senator from Oklahoma and medical doctor Tom A. Coburn led the fight to reduce wasteful Washington spending, increase accountability and transparency for all taxpayers, restore Constitutional government, and make healthcare more affordable and accessible for all Americans.
During his tenure he also fought for the sanctity of life and private property rights. Sen. Coburn successfully challenged the broken culture of Washington; offering more amendments than any other senator to end waste and protect liberties.
From 1995-2001, Dr. Coburn represented Oklahoma's 2nd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, and was the first Republican to hold that seat for consecutive terms. He played a central role in Medicare and healthcare debates. After a short time in the House, Dr. Coburn kept his word to serve no more than six years and returned full-time to his medical practice in Muskogee, Oklahoma.
From 1970-78, Dr. Coburn was the manufacturing manager at the Ophthalmic Division of Coburn Optical Industries in Colonial Heights, Virginia, growing the division from 13 employees to more than 350 and capturing 35% of the U.S. market. After the family business was sold, Coburn returned to school to become a physician, attending the University of Oklahoma’s Medical School and graduating with his M.D. Dr. Coburn returned to Muskogee in 1983 to practice family medicine, allergy, and obstetrics. Dr. Coburn has personally delivered more than 4,000 babies.
Dr. Coburn and his wife Carolyn have three children and seven grandchildren.