BATON ROUGE — Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm will be the special guest “Power Up” speaker at Louisiana’s Jefferson-Jackson Dinner on Saturday, Aug. 9, at 7 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans.
“This year’s Jefferson-Jackson Dinner is all about ‘powering up’ the grassroots, and Governor Granholm will be the perfect speaker to inspire Louisiana Democrats to work day and night to help re-elect Senator Mary Landrieu,” said Louisiana Democratic Party Chair Karen Carter Peterson. “Her energy and enthusiasm brought down the house at the 2012 Democratic National Convention, and we can’t wait to give Governor Granholm a warm ‘Who Dat’ welcome and second-line sendoff.”
Jennifer Granholm is a Distinguished Practitioner of Law and Public Policy at UC Berkeley and a senior research fellow at the Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute. She served as Michigan’s 47th governor from 2003 to 2011 and as Michigan’s attorney general from 1998-2002. After leaving office, she hosted Current TV’s political news analysis show “The War Room with Jennifer Granholm” and co-authored with her husband, Dan Mulhern, “A Governor’s Story: The Fight for Jobs and America’s Economic Future.” She is co-chair of Priorities USA Action, a super PAC that is supporting Hillary Clinton for President in 2016.
Granholm is one of the nation’s leading authorities on clean energy policy. During her tenure, she pioneered clean energy policies, working with business, labor, Republicans and Democrats, to create new economic opportunities in Michigan. Her leadership attracted to Michigan more than 89,000 clean energy jobs and $9.4 billion in investments in that sector.
Under her leadership, Michigan had the second-highest rate of child health care coverage in the nation. While serving as governor, Michigan was repeatedly named one of the top three states in the nation for business locations or expansions and was twice recognized by The Pew Center on the States as one of the best-managed states in the nation.
The Louisiana Democratic Party previously announced that former Pennsylvania Gov. Edward G. Rendell will keynote the 2014 Jefferson-Jackson Dinner.