Gretchen Driskell was elected as State Representative in the 52nd House District of Michigan in November of 2012. She sits on the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee and the Commerce Committee in the Michigan House of Representatives.
Gretchen was born and raised in Port Washington, New York. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Lynchburg College and a Master of Business Administration degree from George Washington University. After building a successful career as a CPA, Gretchen moved to Saline in 1988, where she immediately went to work serving the community. She began her life in Michigan as a community volunteer, when she chaired the fundraising effort to build the Saline Recreation Complex.
In 1993, Gretchen was elected as a member of Saline’s City Council. As a councilmember, she implemented a long-range financial planning process and helped establish the city’s first historic district.
In 1998, Gretchen ran for mayor of Saline against the incumbent and was elected decidedly, thus earning the honor of being Saline’s first woman mayor. Since then, she won re-election six times; her 14 years representing Saline make her the longest-serving mayor in the city’s history
Service to her community has always been a driving force for Gretchen, which has led her to serve on the boards of the following organizations:
- Washtenaw Area Transportation Study (WATS), Chair
- Ann Arbor SPARK, Executive Committee
- Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG), Vice Chair
- SEMCOG Transportation Advisory Council, Chair
- Michigan Municipal League (MML), Board member and Vice President
- MML Elected Officials Academy
- MML Workers Compensation Fund, Chair
- National League of Cities, Board Member and Advisory Council Vice Chair
- Saline Rotary Club, Member
She now resides in Saline, with her three adult children, Ryan, Matthew, and Marielle.