Secretary Of Energy Granholm Prosecutes Drug Dealers, Child Pornographers


Who in the world is Jennifer Granholm, and why should I care?

  • Granholm is President Joe Biden’s nomination for the new Secretary of Energy
  • Her experience as Michigan governor from 2003 to 2011 is an asset as Biden works to speed-up the transition to electric cars, among other green energy priorities.
What Shaped Her?
  • During a year in France, she helped to smuggle clothes and medical supplies to Jewish people in the Soviet Union
  • She was also involved in the Anti-Apartheid Movement
  • Both of her parents were bank tellers
  • Her maternal grandparents came from Ireland and Newfoundland
  • Her paternal grandmother was an immigrant from Norway
  • Her paternal grandfather immigrated from Sweden to Canada
  • His father was the mayor The former Minister for Enterprise and Energy.

Her Quotes:

‘The economics are clear: The time for a low-carbon recovery is now.’

Asked what separated her from her gubernatorial opponent Smietanka, Granholm replied:

‘Besides honesty?’

What You Do Not Know — Yet

  • Granholm was born in Canada and due to that, she cannot ever be president of the USA
  • Her parents moved from Canada to California at age four
  • She briefly attempted an acting career.
  • She also won the Miss San Carlos beauty pageant
  • In 1978, she appeared on The Dating Game
  • Granholm became a naturalized U.S. citizen at age 21
  • At Harvard, she met fellow law student and Michigan native Daniel Mulhern, a theology graduate from Yale University. They married in 1986 and have three children
  • She was the first woman to serve as Michigan’s governor.

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Quotes about Her

Energy Professor at the University of California-Berkeley Dan Kammen said:

‘She will be phenomenal for DOE. She understands the technology, she understands deployment and she knows how to run a big agency.’

According to The Politico’s Tyler Pager and Josh Colman:

‘Granholm’s ardent support of the auto industry may help Biden’s team strengthen its appeal to blue-collar workers and the manufacturing sector as the incoming administration pitches its climate-centric economic transformation.’

Skip Pruss, who directed her Michigan Department of Energy, Labor, and Economic Growth:

‘She really worked very hard in 2016 to place herself as Energy secretary with the Clinton team. She’s really a student of the [energy] transition. If you were to ask me what was a limitation in Michigan, I would say that she was slightly ahead of her time.’


  • Bachelor of Arts degree from the U of C, Berkley in Political Science and French 
  • Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review.
  • Clerked for Judge Damon Keith of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.


  • Granholm worked for Independent John B. Anderson‘s presidential campaign in 1980
  • Attorney General of Michigan where she established Michigan’s first High Tech Crime Unit
  • The 47th and first female governor of Michigan from 2003 to 2011
  • As governor, Granholm campaigned hard for Democratic nominee John Kerry
  • Then, she became a CNN political contributor
  • Granholm was on Barack Obama’s first presidential transition team
  • With her husband, Daniel Mulhern, she wrote A Governor’s Story: The Fight for Jobs and America’s Future, released in 2011
  • She became the host of The War Room with Jennifer Granholm on Current TV.

How She Works

  • She refers to herself as a “progressive prosecutor”
  • She rejected proposals to cut state funding to social welfare programs, such as homeless shelters and mental health agencies plus reformed education for children from birth to age 5
  • She helped to prosecute drug dealers, gang members, and child pornographers, plus she fought against credit card fraud.

She is the fifth in the series Meet The Women of Joe Biden’s Administration: Jennifer Grandholm. I hope you enjoy hearing about this remarkable woman as much as I enjoyed writing about her. I think you will like her.


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