Rebekah Warren.

Rebekah Warren, a Democrat from Ann Arbor, is the State Senator for Michigan's 18th Senate District. She was first elected to the state senate in 2010 and re-elected in 2014. Her current four-year term runs through 2018. The 18th District covers the cities of Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Saline and Milan, the village of Barton Hills, and the townships of Ann Arbor, Augusta, Lodi, Pittsfield, Salem, Saline, Scio, SuperiorYork and Ypsilanti.

In early 2014 she formed an exploratory committee to consider a possible campaign for the Congressional seat held by U.S. Rep. John Dingell, but a week later announced her decision not to run. The race would have pitted her against Dingell's wife, Debbie Dingell, in the 2014 Democratic primary.

Prior to the state senate, Warren served two terms (four years) in the Michigan House of Representatives, representing District 53 (Ann Arbor). She won her first term in that seat in 2006, after defeating former Ann Arbor city councilmember Leigh Greden in a contentious Democratic primary, then beating Republican Erik P. Sheagren and Socialist Matt Erard in November. She was re-elected in 2008.

Warren has in the past chaired the city of Ann Arbor's Community Development Executive Committee and served on the boards of a variety of local organizations, including the Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan. Prior to her election to state office, Warren worked in Lansing from 1993-1999, serving as a legislative assistant to State Rep. Mary Schroer (D-Ann Arbor) and then Representative Hubert Price (D-Pontiac). From 1999-2006 she was executive director of MARAL Pro-Choice Michigan.

A graduate of the University of Michigan, Warren is married to Conan Smith, a Democrat and Washtenaw County commissioner representing District 9. She lives on Ann Arbor's west side. 


Nov. 4, 2014: Is elected to her second four-year term as State Senator representing District 18. Defeats Republican Terry M. Linden with 61,421 votes (71.89%), compared to 23,745 votes (27.79%) for Linden. Warren had run unopposed in the August Democratic primary.

March 7, 2014: Announces that she has decided not to run for Congress. She makes the announcement on her Facebook page: "I have decided, however, not to do it and to run instead for my second term in the Michigan Senate, My heart is in Lansing right now, and I believe I can do the most good working for Michigan, in Michigan.”

Rebekah Warren in the 2014 Ann Arbor July 4th parade.

Feb. 28, 2014: Announces that she has formed a Congressional exploratory committee for the seat being vacated by Rep. John Dingell. Running for this office would pit Warren against Dingell's wife, Debbie Dingell, in the Democratic primary.

Nov. 2, 2010: Wins her first four-year term in the Michigan Senate seat for District 18, defeating Republican John Hochstetler. Gets 60,333 votes (65.18%) compared to 31,771 votes (34.32%) for Hochstetler.

Aug. 3, 2010Wins Democratic primary for the 18th District Michigan Senate seat, held by term-limited Liz Brater. Gets 13,113 votes (55.58%) compared to 9,529 votes (40.43%) Pam Byrnes and 909 votes (3.85%) for Thomas Partridge.

2009: Receives the Michigan Nonprofit Association's Nonprofit Champion Award, the Michigan Soft Drink Association's Legislative Leadership Award, and the Clean Water Action's Lawmaker of the Year Award.

March 2009: Joins her mother-in-law Alma Wheeler Smith to introduce legislation that would provide free college tuition for Michigan residents by raising the state income tax.

Nov. 4, 2008Wins re-election to her second two-year term in the 53rd District State House of Representatives seat, defeating Republican Christina N. Brewton and Socialist Matt Erard. Warren gets 37,845 votes (78.08%) compared to 8,282 votes (17.09%) for Brewton and 2,200 votes (4.54%) for Erard. She had run unopposed in the August 2008 Democratic primary.

2008: Receives MichBio's Legislator of the Year Award.

2007: Marries Conan Smith.

Nov. 7, 2006: Wins election to her first two-year term in the 53rd District State House of Representatives seat, replacing term-limited Chris Kolb. Warren gets 26,985 votes (80%) compared to 5,898 votes (17.49%) for Republican Erik P. Sheagren and 847 votes (2.51%) for Socialist Matt Erard.

August 2006: Defeats Ann Arbor city councilmember Leigh Greden in the Democratic primary for the 53rd State District House of Representatives seat. Gets 5,168 votes (60.94%) compared to 3,313 votes (29.06%) for Greden.

2005: Receives National Women's Political Caucus of Michigan's "Millie Award."

1999-2006: Serves as executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Michigan, the state affiliate of NARAL Pro-Choice America.

Aug. 4, 1998: Loses a four-way Democratic primary for the Michigan State Representative seat in District 52, coming in third. The primary is won by John Hansen with 2,020 votes (31.54%) compared to 1,771 votes (27.65%) for Pam Byrnes, 1,677 votes (26.18%) for Warren, and 937 votes (14.63%) for Larry Kestenbaum.

1994: Graduates from the University of Michigan's Residential College, majoring in political science.

1993-1999: Works on the staff of State Rep. Mary Schroer of Ann Arbor and later on the staff of State Rep. Hubert Price of Pontiac, Michigan.

Nov. 25, 1971: Is born in Owosso, Michigan.

In the news

Michigan Democrats seek 'citizen co-sponsors' on new LGBT non-discrimination bill – MLive, April 29, 2015

Michigan Democrats introduce bill package to mandate equal pay among genders – The State News, April 27, 2015

First gay couple married in Michigan join Democrats proposing 'marriage equality' bills – MLive, March 19, 2015

Michigan Political Points: Electoral college debate returns ahead of 2016 presidential race – MLive, March 14, 2015

Unlikely political allies push along changes in state mental health system – Crain's Detroit Business, Feb. 15, 2015

Right-to-work law stands as judge dismisses suit over Michigan Capitol lockdown – MLive, Feb. 7, 2015

Two Michigan Senators attend WRC panel on Human Trafficking – Eastern Echo, Jan. 28, 2015

Elliott-Larsen: How Michigan Is Falling Behind – PrideSource, Jan. 29, 2015

Washtenaw County representatives in state House and Senate win re-election – MLive, Nov. 5, 2014

Ann Arbor lawmakers weigh in on wolf hunting, Detroit bankruptcy, education funding, civil rights – MLive, Oct. 15, 2014

Senator Warren’s bill reminds me of Harry Truman’s "do-nothing Congress" move – Michigan Radio (Jack Lessenberry commentary), Sept. 12, 2014

State Sen. Rebekah Warren announces she won't run for Dingell's congressional seat – Detroit Free Press, March 7, 2014

State Sen. Rebekah Warren forms exploratory committee for bid to replace U.S. Rep. John Dingell – MLive, Feb. 28, 2014

Rebekah Warren Announces Congressional Exploratory Committee – WEMU, Feb. 28, 2014

John Dingell retirement: Sen. Rebekah Warren has considered running for his seat– MLive, Feb. 24, 2014

Number of women in Michigan Legislature at 20-year low – Detroit Free Press, Dec. 9, 2013

Sen. Rebekah Warren proposing constitutional ban on for-profit schools in Michigan –, Nov. 28, 2011

Warren, Horiszny Recall Language Rejected – The Ann Arbor Chronicle, Aug. 15, 2011

Jeff Irwin and Rebekah Warren will represent Ann Arbor in Michigan House and Senate –, Nov. 2, 2010

Warren, Irwin Win State Races – The Ann Arbor Chronicle, Aug. 4, 2010

Michigan Dems Primary: Senate 18th District – The Ann Arbor Chronicle, July 11, 2010

State Legislative Candidates Lining Up – The Ann Arbor Chronicle, Sept. 12, 2009

State lawmakers from Washtenaw County push free college tuition funded by income tax increase – Ann Arbor News, March 31, 2009

From the Daily: Warren a sure bet – Michigan Daily, Nov. 1, 2006

Toss-up? 53rd District race features two strong allies – PrideSource, Aug. 3, 2006

Interview with Rebekah Warren – Teeter Talk, Jan. 10, 2006

Other sources

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Bio on the State Senate Dems website:

Twitter: @rebekahwarren