She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1984 and then a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review.
She was re-elected to a second term in 2006 against Republican businessman Dick De Vos by a large margin and served until January 1, 2011, when she was term-limited.
Granholm, who had disavowed Fieger's crime plan the day it was released, said that the claim was "a lie, just a lie" and that as Attorney General, "you are the person who is to protect the consumer from deceitful ads." For his part, Smietanka was angered by Democratic advertisements that referred to late child support payments he had made and claimed that he had lied about how much of his own money he donated to his campaign.
After Granholm was elected Governor in 2002, arguments broke about between Smietanka and then-Republican Governor John Engler about who was most responsible for Granholm's meteoric rise in Michigan politics.
As he talked, I realized he’d switched his go-to meetup spot from a bar near his apartment to a coffee shop across town.
I asked him why the change, and he answered simply: “I have dating profiles on three sites.