State House District 55

Rebekah Warren

Rebekah Warren

Rebekah Warren serves in the Michigan Senate representing District 18, for a term ending in 2018. She is term-limited in the Senate and this year is seeking a seat in the Michigan House of Representatives for District 55. She defeated Shauna McNally in the Aug. 7 Democratic primary and faces Republican Bob Baird on Nov. 6.

Warren has been ranked as the most liberal state Senator by Inside Michigan Politics. In the 2017-18 legislative session, she has sponsored more than four dozen resolutions and bills. She has co-sponsored nearly 250 resolutions and bills this session.

Warren serves on the following Senate committees: Economic Development & International Investment, Finance, Michigan Competitiveness, Natural Resources, and Regulatory Reform.

Warren first ran for public office in 2006, winning a two-year term in the State House representing District 53, which covers most of Ann Arbor. She was re-elected to that seat in 2008.

In 2010, she was elected to her first four-year term in the Michigan Senate in District 18, and was re-elected to the senate in November 2014. Earlier that year, she had formed an exploratory committee to consider a possible bid for Congress in District 12, but ultimately decided not to run. She would have faced Debbie Dingell – wife of Congressman John Dingell, who was retiring from that seat – in the Democratic primary.

Term limits are driving her decision to run for the House again. State legislation – enacted in 1992 – set a cap of three two-year terms for state representatives and two four-year terms for the senate. Also limited to two four-year terms are the governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state and attorney general.

Term limits are also affecting Adam Zemke, the current District 55 representative, who is ending his third term in that office.

Prior to her work as an elected official, for six years Warren was legislative assistant to former State Reps. Mary Schroer and Hubert Price. Warren also served as executive director of MARAL (Michigan Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League) Pro-Choice Michigan. 

Warren graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelor’s degree in political science. She also pursued graduate studies in child and family ecology at Michigan State University.

Warren lives in Ann Arbor. Until the fall of 2017, she was married to Conan Smith, a Democrat who was defeated on Aug. 7 for a fourth term on the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners in District 9. She served as Smith’s campaign treasurer.

P.J. Petitpren is serving as Warren's campaign treasurer.

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Rebekah Warren:  In The News

Michigan Senator Rebekah Warren Prepares For A Return To The State HouseWEMU, Aug. 8, 2018

League of Women Voters State Representative District 55 Democratic Primary Candidate Forum (video) –Community Television Network, June 27, 2018

MichMash: The ‘Nestle Loophole’ And The Political Will To Stop Giving Away Great Lakes WaterWDET, June 15, 2018

Michigan's $56.8B budget tackles prisons, potholes and potMLive, June 12, 2018

Senate bills would allow more spending on parks, trailsThe News Tribune, May 16, 2018

Michigan conservationists say Nestlé's pumping of well water unsustainableCBS News, May 14, 2018

State Senator From Ann Arbor Taking Nestle's Water Withdrawal Controversy NationalWEMU, April 9, 2018

Bill making Medicaid recipients work slows down in Michigan SenateMLive, March 21, 2018

Sen. Rebekah Warren offers scholarships for graduating seniorsMLive, March 5, 2018

Issues Of The Environment: Controversial Bills Would Create Governor-Appointed Review Panel For MDEQWEMU, Feb. 28, 2018

Michigan legislators speak about campus, state issuesMichigan Daily, Feb. 12, 2018

Bills would amend state Do Not Resuscitate lawsMichigan Radio, Feb. 7, 2018

State Senator Rebekah Warren Weighs In On Snyder's State Of The State AddressWEMU, Jan. 24, 2018

Conversations: Interview with Rebekah Warren (video) – Community Television Network (CTN), December 2017

State Senator Rebekah Warren Looks Back On 2017 And What's Ahead For The New YearWEMU, Dec. 18, 2017

Local State Senator Hearing From Thousands Of Washtenaw County Residents On Gun Law ChangesWEMU, Nov. 9, 2017

New Michigan bills: Sick time, benefits for domestic violence survivorsDetroit Free Press, Nov. 9, 2017

State Senator Rebekah Warren Announces Bid For 55th District State House Seat  – WEMU, Oct. 27, 2017

Rebekah Warren seeking final term in state Legislature in new districtMLive, Oct. 27, 2017

Michigan Senate says no to local taxes on pop, food, chewing gumDetroit Free Press, Oct. 4, 2017

Bill passed by Senate would expand corporate and special-interest spending on campaignsDetroit Free Press, Sept. 14, 2017

Senators form bipartisan team to scrap ‘tampon tax’ Detroit News, Feb. 1, 2017

Ann Arbor State Senator Rebekah Warren Opposes Higher Speed Limit On Michigan ExpresswaysWEMU, Dec. 8, 2016

Rebekah Warren not running for Congress: "My heart is in Lansing right now"MLive, March 7, 2014

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

Michigan Dems Primary: Senate 18th DistrictAnn Arbor Chronicle, July 11, 2010