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.
U.S. Representative and Candidate for U.S. Senate, Illinois
“It’s clear that money plays too big of a role in politics. I will continue to support legislation that stems the tide of money in politics and makes campaigns and elections more accessible to middle-class Americans.” – Tammy Duckworth