Jennifer Granholm

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Jennifer Granholm

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Granholm's official portrait, 2021
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18th President of Superior
In office
October 6th, 2015 – January 7, 2022
Monarch William II
Deputy Quentin Bradshaw
Preceded by Alexander Harper
Succeeded by Isaac Dillon
Leader of the Liberal Democratic Party
In office
October 1st, 2011 – November 28, 2021
Deputy George Harper (2015–2019)
Elizabeth Whitmer (2019–2021)
Preceded by Owen Grady
Succeeded by Quentin Bradshaw
Member of the House of Delegates for Inner Saint Anthony (Minneapolis's 4th district)
In office
June 28th, 2003 – January 7, 2022
Preceded by Aaron Daines
Succeeded by Michelle Brown
Leader of the Opposition
In office
October 1st, 2011 – October 6th, 2015
Preceded by Owen Grady
Succeeded by Christina Walker
Personal details
Born (1959-02-05) February 5, 1959 (age 63)
Flag of Astoria.svg Vancouver, Cascadia, Astoria
Nationality Superian
Political party Superior Liberal Democratic Party.svg Liberal Democratic
Spouse(s) Daniel Mulhern
Children 3, including Mason Granholm
Education University of Sierra, Berkeley

Jennifer Mulhern Granholm is a Superian author and former politician who served as the 18th President of the Kingdom of Superior from 2015 to 2022 and as a member of the House of Delegates, representing Inner Saint Anthony from 2003 to 2022. Granholm had served as Leader of the Liberal Democratic Party from 2011 to 2021 and was been one of the three leaders of the Progressive Bloc from 2015 to 2021. She previously served as Leader of the Opposition from 2011 to 2015. Politically, she identifies as a social liberal and moderate progressive.

Born in Vancouver, Astoria to Superian parents, Granholm would grow up in Saint Anthony. Granholm attended the University of Sierra, Berkeley, earning a bachelor's degree in legal studies. Granholm would enter politics in 2003, running and eventually winning a seat in the House of Delegates as a member of the Liberal Democratic Party. During her tenure as a House Delegate, she would support socially liberal and progressive legislation, including the Acceptance Act, which allowed states to determine the status of homosexual marriages. That would later pave the way for the National Acceptance Act, which legalized gay marriage nationwide, an act which she also sponsored. Granholm also promoted the de-criminalization of certain recreational drugs and gun control legislation. In 2011, Granholm would run for the leadership position in her party, narrowly winning the election in October. She would also become the Leader of the Opposition and lead the party into thr 2011 federal election.

Granholm would become President of Superior on October 6th, 2015 immediately after the conclusion of the 2015 federal election, which resulted in the Liberal Democrats presiding over a hung parliament. She would be ceremonially sworn in by William II on October 16th, 2015, which was the first day of the legislative session. In December 2015, Granholm formed an electoral and legislative coalition, known as the Progressive Bloc, with the Farmer Labor Party, the Green Party, and the Reform Party, however the Reform Party would leave the coalition in early 2018. As President, many major initiates were passed, including: the passing of the Federal Hate Crime Act, which federally defined a hate crime; the High Council Reformation Act, which allowed the High Council of Superior (the upper house of the Parliament of Superior) to begin exploring ways to reform itself; the Bodycam Protection Act, which required federally employed officers to were body cameras; and semi-normalization of relations with the United Commonwealth. Granholm and her government also sponsored a many failed bills, including the Federal Legalization Act, which attempted to legalize recreational marijuana and the Educational Reform Act, which would have reformed the current educational curriculum in Superian schools. Throughout her early tenure, Granholm and her government would receive positive approval ratings, with her highest approval rating at 63% in mid 2017.

Starting in 2018, ethics scandals and violations would rock Granholm and her government, resulting her approval ratings drastically decreasing. In 2018, her government was accused of bullying members of the Progressive Bloc who were not supportive of Granholm or her cabinet. After the scandal was made public, hundreds of claims of bullying and harassment from former staffers would be made public, with the Granholm government denying such claims. The accusations would continue well into the 2019 federal election, with government accountability a top issue. Granholm's popularity would continue to decrease after the 2019 election, largely due to her perceived "liberal smugness". In early 2020, as the COVID-19 virus began spreading in the country, Granholm and her government were criticized for its initial lukewarm response, then weaponizing the virus for political gain. During the same year, Granholm's government would be criticized for its handling of the murder of George Floyd and the numerous protests and riots that followed. This would result in a snap election in July 2020, which would result in Granholm barely retaining her majority. As of September of 2020, Granholm is the most unpopular modern-day President in Superian history.

Throughout her tenure as President of Superior, Granholm has found herself in numerous controveries revolving around certain policies, fueds with the High Court and conservative justices, and scandals starting in 2018 with allegations of intimediation and blackmail of government interns, members, and suspected unloyal allies in Parliament leading to allegations of violations of government ethics. This along with her controversial response to the anti-racist protests and COVID-19 pandemic caused her party to suffer electoral losses in both 2019 and 2020. Her most recent scandal occured in 2021 over allegations of abuse and unethical control over the nation's judicial branch and High Court after a phone call with Anna Cooper, Governor of Arrowhead, was leaked and implied that she both pressured Robert Ludinfinger into retiring and threatened to destroy Cooper's political career. In response, the scandal would become a widespread controversy leading to widespread protests and the a second vote of no confidence leading to another snap election in 2022. On November 25, Granholm announced her resignation as leader of the LDP, signifying her refusal to stand for re-election. Her resignation was confirmed on November 28.

During the ensuing 2022 federal election, Granholm herself withdrew from public attention with the only times she stepped back in was the proposal and passing of the Legislative Composition Act of 2021, which forbids partisan gerrymandering for local, state, and federal legislatures as part of the Democratic Protection Initiative, and during her final farewell address on January 4. She stepped down as president on January 7 and was succeeded by Isaac Dillon of the United Conservative Party. Granholm did not run for re-election and due to the closeness of her resignation from the House of Delegates to an election, a special election will be held to fill her vacant seat. As a result of the controversy that ended her presidency, Granholm has withdrawn from public life for the forseable future.

Granholm describes her self as a social liberal and a moderate progressive. Granholm supports the extension of LGBTQ+ and minority rights, increased immigration, protections on the environment including national parks, tougher regulations on businesses, and the promotion of liberal policies. Granholm also supports increase gun control measures, including extensive background checks and a federal assault weapons ban, even going so far as to support abolishing gun rights and lobbying groups for underming the Superian government. Her gun control policies have put her at odds with western states, who have the largest population of gun owners and assault rifle owners. Granholm is a Christian, but believes religion should not be the basis of governance. She is also a supporter of the Monarchy of Superior. On foreign policy, Granholm is a staunch supporter of the Conference of American States and considers herself a moderate American Unionist. She also supports the normalization of relations between the United Commonwealth and Superior.

Early life, education, and early career[edit | edit source]

Granholm addressing a crowd at a rally for President James Carr in 2003.

Jennifer Granholm was born on February 2nd, 1959 to Victor Granholm and Shirley Alfreda in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Granholm's father, Victor, was a electrician while her mother, Shirley was a stay-at-home mother. Both of Granholm's parents were Superian citizens, which in turn was pass down to Granholm. Her maternal grandparents were from Ireland and Newfoundland, while her paternal grandparents were from Skandinavia and migrated to Canada in 1930. Granholm's pateneral great grandfather was the mayor of the Skandinavian town of Robertsfors. Granholm would spend the first four years of her life in Vancouver, however before she began primary schooling, her family would return to Superior, moving to Saint Anthony. Granholm grew up alongside her three younger siblings, who she helped raised along with her mother. Her father would be mostly absent from her childhood due to the long and tedious hours of his job. However, according to a 2017 interview, she holds no resentment towards him, blaming the lack of regulations as the reason for his absence.

At age five, Granholm would begin attending the Saint Anthony Elementary School and would eventually graduate after completing the fifth grade. After elementary school, Granholm would attend Saint Anthony Junior High School, eventually attending the Saint Anthony Public High School. During her high school years, Granholm would be apart of numerous science and legal based clubs, being apart of the school's mock trial club. She also became a junior member of the Liberal Democratic Party, serving as Director of the High School Liberal Democrats in Minneapolis. During her senior year, Granholm would become class president and was a member of the school's lacrosse team, which would go onto win the national high school lacrosse championshops in 1976. She would graduate from high school in 1977 as one of her school's top students. In 2017, Granholm was inducted into the Saint Anthony Public High School Memorable Alumni Hall, which is a section of the school dedicated to successful alumni.

In 1978, Granholm would move to Berkeley, Sierra to attend the University of Sierra, Berkeley, working towards obtaining a degree in legal studies. While at university, Granholm would become a temporary resident and eventual citizen of the Kingdom of Sierra, while still retaining her citizenship in Superior. Granholm would revoke her Sierran citizenship once she began her political career. Granholm would graduate from the University of Sierra, Berkeley in 1983 and would move to San Francisco. While in San Francisco, she would be a writer for the social liberal San Francisco Central Times, however she would lose her job after the newspaper's collapse. In 1990, Granholm would return to Superior and begin living in downtown Saint Anthony. During her early years back in Saint Anthony, Granholm would be a stay-at-home mother, raising her children.

In 1996, Granholm would begin a legal career, working at the Saint Anthony Public Law Firm. Her breakthrough case would be in March of 1998, in which she successfully prevent the deportation of refugees from the United Commonwealth. She made headlines for her emotional and powerful opening and closing, which she claims was able to convince the jury. In 1999, she would make headlines again for her speech at a campaign event for President James Carr. In 2000, she would officially retire from her legal career, hoping to spend more time with her family. In 2002, she was rumored to become President Carr's official legal advisor, however later in the year Carr would select district attorney Justin Attoburo. Attoburo would later become Attorney General of Superior under Granholm's government.

Political career[edit | edit source]

House of Delegates[edit | edit source]

Elections[edit | edit source]

In 2003, Granholm would officially make her entry into politics, running to become a house delegate in the 2003 Superian federal election. She would officially make her announcement on February 20th, shortly after incumbent delegate Aaron Daines announced his candidacy for the High Council. As a member of the Liberal Democratic Party, Granholm held a high advantage compared to her opponents, since the constituency she was running for, Inner Saint Anthony, was, and is still today, considered one of the safest LDP constituencies in the nation. On election night, she would receive 62% of the vote, with her closest opponent, Mark Whitefield of the United Conservative Party receiving 23%. Along with the other newly-elected house delegates, Granholm would be ceremonially sworn in on October 16th, 2003, at the start of the 2003-2007 legislative season.

Granholm would run for re-election during the 2007 Superian federal election and would soundly defeat her opponents, winning over 70% of the vote. Granholm would receive a similar percentage during the 2011 and 2015. However, Granholm would face a slightly tougher election challenge during the 2019 and the 2020 snap election. This is due to Granholm's recent controversies as President of Superior, with many non-LDP members dissatisfied with her current administration. However, Granholm would retain the majority of the popularity from her constituents, receiving 60% and 58% in said elections. She currently has a moderately positive approval rating amongst her constituents.

Tenure[edit | edit source]

During her tenure as a House Delegate, Granholm would be known for promotion of socially liberal and socially progressive policies. She would co-sponsor and promote many bills presented by the Liberal Democratic-led opposition. One of her greatest achievements during her pre-Presidential career was the creation and presentation of the Acceptance Act, a precursor to the National Acceptance Act passed during her administration. If passed, the Acceptance Act would allow each indiviual state to determine the legality of homosexual marriages and civil unions. In a 2016 interview, Granholm stated the bill was initially going to legalize gay marriage nationwide, however she had to "moderate" the bill in order for it to be considered in the United Conservative government. As expect, however, the Acceptance Act would fail to receive a sufficient amount of votes to pass in the House of Delegates. Before becoming Opposition Leader in 2011, Granholm would attempt to lower drug-related crimes through the Live and Forget Act, however that bill would also be turned down by the House of Delegates, this time receiving opposition votes from Granholm's own party. She would also support gun control legislation, but she would not be as vocal about it as she was during her tenure as Leader of the Opposition and later President.

During her early years, she would be known as a "no-compromise" Liberal Democrat, repeatedly criticizing her fellow Liberal Democratic delegates for engaging in compromises when passing legislation. According to Granholm, she saw it as a betrayal to the ideals of the party and a betrayal to the constituents who elected them. However, her views on compromising would moderate nearing her start as Opposition Leader. Granholm was also a vocal proponent of a coalition of left-leaning political parties, mainly the Farmer Labor Party, represented in the House of Delegates. This would eventually occur in December of 2015, after Granholm was elected President of Superior. During her tenure, she would also be the leader of the House Liberal Caucus and a the ranking member of the House Judiciary and Oversight Committee until her election as party leader and Leader of the Opposition in 2011.

Leader of the Opposition[edit | edit source]

Since becoming a house delegate, Granholm had been a very vocal critic of then Leader of the Opposition Owen Grady, who had assumed the Liberal Democratic Party's leadership role in 2004. They would continue their public feud until early 2011, when Grady announced his intentions to resign following a family emergency. Granholm would declare her candidacy on January 23rd, 2011 for the leadership position, entering an already crowded field of candidates. Despite this, throughout the election Granholm had been considered the frontrunner, being popular with the party's establishment and socially liberal party members. She was considered a stark contrast to her closest opponent, Edward Kent, who was considered the de facto leader of the radical progressive branch of the Liberal Democrats. On October 1st, 2011, Jennifer Granholm would be elected leader of both the Liberal Democratic Party and the Opposition, just days before the 2011 Superian federal election.

The 2011 federal election would result in the United Conservatives retaining their majority in the House of Delegates, allowing the continuation of Alexander Harper's government. However, the election also resulted in substantial gains for the Liberal Democratic Party, finally making the party a formidable opposition. As Leader of the Opposition, Granholm continued supporting progressive and socially liberal legislation. As dissatisfaction with Alexander Harper's government grew, Granholm continued to criticize the Harper government on a number of issues, including gun control and gay marriage. In 2014, she appointed Mason Peters as Shadow Secretary of National Security, who became the first gay man to serve in the Shadow Cabinet. Peters would later become the first gay man to hold a cabinet position, becoming Secretary of National Security after Granholm's ascension to the Presidency.

In 2015, after rumors of a possible resignation, Granholm announced her intentions to continue serving as party leader and Leader of the Opposition for the upcoming federal election, promising to stand down if her party failed to secure a majority. Though in the beginning polling low, the Liberal Democratic Party under Granholm would begin to be considered the frontrunners of the election, largely due to the widespread dissatisfaction over the United Conservative Party and Alexander Harper's responses to a number of issues plaguing Superian society. On election night, the Liberal Democratic Party would win the largest share of seats, however would fall short of an absolute majority, resulting in a hung parliament. However, since the Liberal Democratic Party was the largest party in the House of Delegates, Granholm would be chosen to become the 18th President of Superior, replacing Alexander Harper.

Presidency[edit | edit source]

Inauguration[edit | edit source]

Granholm addressing a the crowd outside of the Superian Capitol Building during her 2015 inauguration.

Although officially becoming President of Superior shortly after the conclusion of the 2015 federal election on October 5th, Granholm would be ceremonially sworn in as President on October 18th. She is the first woman to become President, and is the first President to orignate from Saint Anthony since Allan K. West in 1977. Like Presidents before her, her inauguration took place in front of the Superian Capitol Building in the national capital of Saint Anthony. Granholm would be sworn by King William II in front of both houses of the Parliament of Superior, the justices of the High Court, and a large crowd of citizens gathered to view the inauguration. Granholm's inauguration was also televised on multiple major news outlets, making her the fifth president to have their inauguration filmed on national television. Granholm also became the first president since George Miller to be born outside of Superior.

Shortly after her swearing in by William II, Granholm would give her first inaugural address and her first address as President. In her speech, Granholm called for greater unity within the nation, and promised to work with opposition leaders to pass "meaningful, and very much needed" legislation. Her first inaugural speech would be the shortest in modern Superian history, with it only being fifteen minutes. Shortly after her address, Granholm and her family would participate in the Inaugural Parade and would host the Inaugural Ball at the Executive Mansion. The same procedure and processes would be done for Granholm's 2019 inauguration, however for her 2020 inauguration, a majority of events were cancelled or held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Domestic policy[edit | edit source]

Gay Marriage[edit | edit source]

Since the beginning of her political career, Granholm has been a strong supporter of gay marriage and gay rights, which would translate into her presidency...

Hate Crime legislation[edit | edit source]

Gun Control[edit | edit source]

George Floyd protests and riots[edit | edit source]

Foreign policy[edit | edit source]

Relations with the United Commonwealth[edit | edit source]

In 2016, Granholm stated her intentions to seek détente with the United Commonwealth arguing that continued hostility between both the United Commonwealth and Superior (and the rest of the CAS by extension) would lead to major problems and potential conflicts down the road and thus believed that diplomacy was the best way in order to maintain the geopolitical stability of Anglo-America as a whole. As part of his plan, she refused to revive Superior's claim to Michigan and voiced opposition to revanchism calling it "political poison" during an Q&A session in her speech where she announced her intentions to normalize relations between the two nations. In 2017, Granholm would attend the opening ceremonies for both the United Commonwealth embassy in Saint Anthony and the Superian embassy in Chicago a day later, becoming the first President of Superior to enter the United Commonwealth since the end of the First Great War.

Relations with Sierra and the Conference of American States[edit | edit source]

Granholm stated her intent to retain warm and positive relations with the Kingdom of Sierra and with the Conference of American States viewing both as vital allies to Superior and viewed the CAS as a positive force for good inside and outside of Anglo-America. During the 2015 American Parliament election, she campaigned for the Liberal Democrats of America, of which the Liberal Democratic Party is affiliated with, and ensured their victory in the November election securing an LDA victory and ensuring a Liberal Democratic majority in Superior's delegation to the American Parliament. Political analysts and experts attributed the LDA victory in Superior to the Liberal Democrats victory in the 2015 federal election and would translate to the November election to the American Parliament. During the race, Granholm campaigned for LDA candidates for the American Parliament and campaigned on preserving and expanding the CAS under the motto of "a more perfect union". Granholm would also campaign for the LDA during the 2020 American Parliament election, though because of her low approval ratings, Granholm would cease campaigning to prevent "damage". However, this would be futile, as the LDA would lose their majority of Superian seats to the Ameroskeptic American Conservative Coalition.

Economic policy[edit | edit source]

Post-presidency[edit | edit source]

Political positions[edit | edit source]

Abortion[edit | edit source]

Since her entry into politics, Granholm considers herself to be staunchly pro-choice. Granholm has vocally stated her opposition to abortion restrictions. Granholm supports codifying abortion protections into the Constitution of Superior in order to prevent any form of restrictions. She has also stated for her support of extending abortion deadlines up until two weeks before birth. Granholm has vocally stated her opposition to the pro-life movement, calling anti-abortion supporters "women-haters" and "misogynists". During her early years as a house delegate, Granholm supported introducing laws which would prevent religious organizations and individuals from expressing pro-life beliefs and would also ban protests outside of abortion clinics, calling them harassment. Throughout all of the elections she has ran in, Planned Parenthood of Superior has given Granholm a 100% rating, while the Council for the Protection of the Unborn has given Granholm a 0% rating.

Gun control[edit | edit source]

Granholm is a staunch supporter of gun control and has called for greater restrictions on firearms. Granholm has called gun violence one of Superior's greatest threats, citing an increase in school shootings and gun-related homicides over the years. Granholm supports a nationwide ban on assault rifle purchases and has even stated support for a nationwide buyback of all firearms, including handguns. According to Granholm, armed citizens are "unnecessary for the modern era", going on to say "only criminals would want to keep their guns so badly". Granholm's comments would generate controversy among Superians, with her later apologizing for her comments. In 2020, Granholm stated her intentions to institute an inquiry in the possibility of national gun registry and the possibility of a national buyback program for assault weapons.

Personal life[edit | edit source]

Marriage and family[edit | edit source]

Granholm and her husband leaving the 2017 Christmas Ball at Heartland Palace.

While attending the University of Sierra, Berkeley, Granholm would meet fellow Superian Daniel Mulhorn. Mulhorn was from the Superian state of Uppasala and is a descendant of Michiganian refugees who fled to Superior after the conclusion of the Continental Revolutionary Army. While at university, the two would begin dating and would eventually marry in 1986 in San Francisco City in Sierra. Rather than changing her surname, Granholm would take her husbands surname as her middle name, with her husband doing the same thing with her surname. The couple would have three children, two daughters and a son. Before returning to Superior, Mulhorn would teach part-time at his alma mater as a professor of business administration. Once Granholm assumed the Presidency, Mulhorn would assume the duties of the Spouse of the President.

Interests and hobbies[edit | edit source]

Granholm is a fan of sports, particularly Baseball. She supports the Saint Anthony Twins, however she has been seen wearing sports gear from the New Hamburg Brewers. She also is a fan of soccer and Anglo-American football, but has never stated support for any team. Granholm reportedly has a huge interest in dogs, particularly Siberian Huskies and Golden Retrievers. She became the first President to purchase a pet while in office, purchasing a golden retriever named Max in 2016. In a 2013 interview, Granholm revealed that rock was her favorite type of music growing up, but she has since shifted her tastes towards alternative rock. She has also expressed her like of Superian folk music, calling it a "national treasure". Granholm identifies as a self-taught chef and it is reported that she assumes the job of presidential chef on the weekends. She also considers herself to be an aspiring writer and a self-described movie buff.

Electoral history[edit | edit source]