On Thursday morning, Sen. Debbie Stabenow, a Michigan Democrat, announced her intention not to seek election in 2024. She will instead retire at the end of her term.
“Inspired by a new generation of leaders, I have decided the U.S. Senate would be my last stand. I’m also grateful to them for setting high standards in service across Michigan and the nation.
She stated, “When my term ends, I plan to begin a new chapter in my life.” It will involve continuing to serve the state outside of elected office while also spending precious time with my amazing mom, 96, and my family. ”
Stabenow’s resignation from politics is a major blow to Democrats, who now have 23 seats to defend compared to 10 for Republicans. Michigan, which is a battleground state tends to vote blue. Republicans have attempted to win in Michigan.
Gretchen Whitmer won easily with over 10 points in November. Both the state House and Senate were democrat-controlled. However, the recent statewide races without an incumbent were close. In 2020, John James was defeated in the U.S. Senate by Gary Peters.
Stabenow’s retirement is now certain for Michigan’s 2024 potential flip. Jon Tester (D.Mont. Joe Manchin, D.W.V. ), Tim Kaine (D.Va. ) and Bernie Sanders (I.Vt. ).