State House District 55
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.
Rebekah Warren: In The News
Michigan Senator Rebekah Warren Prepares For A Return To The State House – WEMU, Aug. 8, 2018
League of Women Voters State Representative District 55 Democratic Primary Candidate Forum (video) –Community Television Network, June 27, 2018
Michigan's $56.8B budget tackles prisons, potholes and pot – MLive, June 12, 2018
Senate bills would allow more spending on parks, trails – The News Tribune, May 16, 2018
Michigan conservationists say Nestlé's pumping of well water unsustainable – CBS News, May 14, 2018
State Senator From Ann Arbor Taking Nestle's Water Withdrawal Controversy National – WEMU, April 9, 2018
Bill making Medicaid recipients work slows down in Michigan Senate – MLive, March 21, 2018
Sen. Rebekah Warren offers scholarships for graduating seniors – MLive, March 5, 2018
Michigan legislators speak about campus, state issues – Michigan Daily, Feb. 12, 2018
Bills would amend state Do Not Resuscitate laws – Michigan Radio, Feb. 7, 2018
State Senator Rebekah Warren Weighs In On Snyder's State Of The State Address – WEMU, 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 Year – WEMU, Dec. 18, 2017
New Michigan bills: Sick time, benefits for domestic violence survivors – Detroit 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 district – MLive, Oct. 27, 2017
Michigan Senate says no to local taxes on pop, food, chewing gum – Detroit Free Press, Oct. 4, 2017
Bill passed by Senate would expand corporate and special-interest spending on campaigns – Detroit Free Press, Sept. 14, 2017
Senators form bipartisan team to scrap ‘tampon tax’ – Detroit News, Feb. 1, 2017
Rebekah Warren not running for Congress: "My heart is in Lansing right now" – MLive, March 7, 2014
Michigan Dems Primary: Senate 18th District – Ann Arbor Chronicle, July 11, 2010