Gretchen Driskell was elected as State Representative in the 52nd House District of Michigan in November of 2012. She sits on the Agriculture, Elections, and Communications and Technology Committees in the Michigan House of Representatives.

After building a successful career as a Certified Public Accountant, Gretchen moved to Saline in 1988, where she immediately went to work serving the community. She began her life in Michigan as a commercial realtor and as a community volunteer, when she helped in the effort to build the Saline Recreation Complex.

In 1993, Gretchen was elected as a member of Saline’s City Council. She served on City Council for six years before becoming Saline’s first female Mayor. She served as Mayor for 14 years, making her Saline’s longest serving Mayor in city history. As Mayor, Gretchen maintained a balanced budget, oversaw Saline being named one of the top 100 small cities in America three times, and prioritized and improved local schools.

Service to her community has always been a driving force for Gretchen. She has served on the boards of the Michigan Municipal League, the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments, Ann Arbor SPARK, the Washtenaw Area Transportation Study, and the National League of Cities.

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.

Gretchen resides in Saline and is the proud mother of three children, Ryan, Matthew, and Marielle.

Why I’m Running

I’m running for Congress because I believe that our neighbors deserve a voice that truly represents them.

It’s time for everyone in Michigan to have a chance to succeed, not just those with money and power. It’s time to fix our broken system in Washington, stop the outsourcing of American jobs and rebuild the American Dream. It’s time that the 7th District had a voice in Washington that fights for working families and small businesses.

These are not Democratic or Republican values. These are Michigan values.

But these values don’t have a champion in Washington right now.

My opponent, Congressman Tim Walberg, has taken millions from special interests and even admitted that he was “bought and paid for” by one DC group. He’s voted for every foreign trade deal during his time in Congress, costing Michigan tens of thousands of jobs. He even said that NAFTA created jobs, when it actually cost Michigan over 43,000 jobs.

And last year, Walberg voted to fast-track the TPP, which would spell disaster for Michigan workers and businesses. That’s why I came out immediately against the TPP. I’m running for Congress to stop the bad trade deals that Walberg has always supported at the expense of working families and businesses.

Walberg clearly doesn’t represent our priorities here in the 7th District, and it’s time to put him in permanent retirement.

I’ll fight to stop foreign trade deals like TPP that outsource our jobs, fix bad deals like NAFTA that have forced our kids to leave Michigan to find work, and fight to protect Medicare and Social Security. Michigan families are hungry for new leadership — leadership that reflects our values and our priorities.

With your support, we can rebuild the American Dream and take Michigan values to Washington.