A New Generation of Leaders in 2020: The U.S. Senate Candidate Debbie Stabenow will leave the Senate on January 3, 2025
“Inspired by a new generation of leaders, I have decided to pass the torch in the U.S. Senate. Stabenow, who is up for re-election in 2020, will leave the Senate on January 3, 2025, she said.
“No one embodies the true Michigan spirit more than Debbie Stabenow,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement. “From the state legislature to the House of Representatives, and for the last two decades in the United States Senate, Debbie has made a difference for Michiganders every step along the way.”
Democrats are defending 23 of the 34 Senate seats up for reelection next year, including three seats in states that backed former President Donald Trump by at least 8 points in 2020: West Virginia, Montana and Ohio.
Michigan Rep. Elissa Slotkin announced Monday that she’s running for retiring Sen. Debbie Stabenow’s seat in 2024, making her the first Democrat to declare a bid for the battleground state.
The seat has been held by a Republican for 20 years and is currently held by Democratic Rep.-elect John James. James narrowly lost his bid for the Senate seat in 2020 after narrowly winning the House seat in a swing area north of Detroit.
A spokesman for Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who was reelected to a second term in November, confirmed that the Democrat will not run for Senate in 2024.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee Communications Director Mike Berg stated in a January statement that conservatives will target the seat in 2024 and try to get it back from the Democrats.
A Conversation with Nikki Slotkin after the 2001 September 11, 2001, During her first Office as a Public Service Analyst at the House of Representatives
Slotkin said that the new generation of leaders needs to work harder and never forget that they are public servants. “We need engaged citizens and principled leaders because there is no problem that we can’t solve.”
She’s the only Democrat to announce an official candidacy, but she’s not the last one to file. Two Republicans, Michael Hoover and Nikki Snyder, have already declared their candidacy. Hoover is a businessman turned political newcomer, while Snyder is currently serving as a member of the State Board of Educators.
She says in the video that she called for public service on Sept 11, 2001, just two days into graduate school. “By the time the smoke cleared, I knew I wanted a career in public service protecting my country,” Slotkin remembered.
According to her House biography page, Slotkin was recruited to serve overseas as an analyst with the Central Intelligence Agency, including three tours in Iraq, under then-Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.