Grettenberger for Congress

Who am I?

Susan Grettenberger has many roles and identities including social worker, mom of four, professor, neighbor, lesbian, proud union member. Born to a Methodist minister and a teacher, she was born in Michigan, but lived in Argentina from 3 to 8 years of age. She learned the importance of fairness at a young age and has watched as her district, her state, and the US have become less and less fair. She has watched as the wealthiest get wealthier, while working poor cannot pay their bills. This year, she stepped up, deciding enough is enough. It’s time to take MI Congressional 8th District back for the people she cares about: her kids, her LGBTQ friends, her students, the working poor and the shrinking middle class, her friends and neighbors who have lost their jobs and their houses.

With a bachelor degree from Albion College, masters degrees in social work (University of Illinois at Chicago) and public administration (Michigan State University), and a PhD in social work (Michigan State University), Susan is well prepared for the challenges of Congress. Her experience as an educator in one of the oldest university union faculties in the country mean she will fight for quality, affordable education and for the rights of workers. As a lesbian with adopted children, she understands why equality matters so much for LGBT families. As a social worker, Susan sees the importance of assuring fairness for all people. Susan knows what injustice looks like and will fight to stop it.

Why am I running?

As a mom, a college professor, a neighbor and a social worker, I see our working families, neighborhoods and even cities still struggling. As the mother of four African-American children, a friend of the Latino community, a proud union member, and a woman, I know how policies continue to be used to oppress people. That’s why I am running to represent Michigan’s 8th District in Washington. It’s time to elect a representative with a vision for a fairer America, a representative who has the courage to stand up to the bullies who use their money to get their way.

My Goals


Michigan, our district in particular, needs more jobs. That’s why Congress’s first priority should be job creation and strengthening our economy. We should have policies encouraging companies to create jobs in Michigan, rather than policies helping companies ship our jobs overseas. Our representative in Congress should be working with the automobile industry to keep development and production of the next generation of surface transportation in Michigan where it belongs, with the best automobile manufacturing workforce in the world. And Michigan should be the home of cutting edge green technology development and manufacturing. When middle class people have good jobs, the economy grows and everyone prospers.

We need to invest in small businesses so they can hire new workers and keep their current employees. After years of layoffs, we also need to increase the number of police officers and firefighters on our streets and put more teachers back in classrooms.

Social Security and Medicare

Social Security and Medicare are both insurance programs our parents paid for when they worked. Now, Congress needs to find solutions to make sure our parents won’t have to worry about whether to buy food or pay for their medicine and our children can stop worrying they won’t be able to retire. We can make social security last by funding it rather than cutting benefits to retirees.

Though millions of Americans rely on Medicare, Republicans want to end the Medicare guarantee by passing the Paul Ryan budget. I know the value of Medicare for seniors. My mom Diane and my dad George, like millions of retired Americans, count on it. In Congress, I will fight any plan that would eliminate or privatize Medicare. Our seniors have earned their Medicare benefits, and I believe it is unfair to take Medicare away from them or future generations. Breaking promises to people just isn’t the Michigan way.


As a woman and the mother of a 24 year old daughter, I know the importance of access to health care, making our own choices, and fair, equal wages for women. We should be increasing access to health care for women, not going backwards on women’s issues. I will stand up for women’s right to make their own decisions.

It is unacceptable that women in the United States earn just 77 cents to every dollar a man earns for the same work – that’s not fair. That’s why I’m so insulted that Republicans keep insisting that women do get equal pay, or prefer flexibility in their jobs to being paid fairly. Let’s make sure women have both!

My DFA Values

I believe that I fully embody the values of Community, Security and Liberty.

As both a social worker and an out Lesbian with four adopted children, I know the importance of having a strong community around us. We need strong schools, strong support systems, and a strong working class economy to ensure that the people of Michigan's 8th district can thrive.

Job security provides us with economic security. Strong communities provide us with personal security. And the Liberty to live as who we are, whether that is gay, straight or bi, rich or poor, or anything else, is the right of all Americans.

I will stand my ground to protect the rights of all people, particularly those who are marginalized and oppressed in our country.

My Campaign is People Powered!

Our campaign is entirely grassroots driven. Since our launch in February, we have been knocking doors and making phone calls across the district...and that will only increase as we get closer to Primary Day!

I have traveled multiple times to each of the counties in the district so far to host meet and greets and attend public events with the constituents of MI-08. I look forward to being on the road and spreading my message to voters individually between now and election day!

Voice support

About the Endorsement Process

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• Will the candidate move the progressive movement forward in their community?
• Does the candidate have substantial support from our local members?
• Do the candidate's positions and policies fit into the broader progressive movement?
• Is the campaign people-powered and the candidate working to win?

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