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Political Social Workers: Susan Grettenberger

By Rachel L. West
Advocacy Consultant

Social Worker Susan Grettenberger Is Running for Congress In Michigan’s District 8

Here at Social Work Helper I like to put the spotlight on political social workers. Currently there are seven social workers sitting in the United States Congress. Next year there may be an eighth. Susan Grettenberger is a candidate for the US House of Representatives in Michigan’s District 8.

Grettenberger holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Illinois, Jane Addams college of Social Work. Additionally she has a Master’s in Public Administration and PhD in Social Work from Michigan State University.

For the past 12 years Grettenberger has been a faculty member at Central Michigan University. Currently she is the director of the university’s social work program.

As a professor Grettenberger focuses heavily on community practice. She taught Social Welfare Policy and courses on the nonprofit sector.  Her areas of expertise are in HIV/AIDS (she has carried out  research about federal faith-based initiatives and HIV/AIDS ), child welfare, Domestic violence, and substance abuse.

Where She Stands

Some of the stances Grettenberger has taken during her candidacy include:

  • Being opposed to privatizing Medicare
  • Is Pro-Choice
  • Wants to close the wage gap between men and women
  • Supports the Affordable Care Act
  • Is a proponent of clean energy
  • Supports campaign finance reform
  • Supports marriage equality

You can follow Grettenberger on Twitter @SGrettenberger. To volunteer or donate you can go to her campaign website grettenbergerforcongress.com.

Grettenberger is running against three other Democrats for the nomination. The primary takes place on August 5th. Mike Rogers (R), who has held the seat since 2000 is retiring and therefore is not seeking reelection.

So far Democracy for America and the Women’s Campaign Fund has endorsed Grettenberger.

Related Reading:

Becoming a Political Social Worker

Social Workers in Politics: How Do I Get There?

Social Work Must Be Political

Article Sources:

Grettenberger for Congress Website


Central Michigan University

Susan Grettenberger’s Twitter page

Photo Credit: Susan Grettenberger for Congress

Posted by Rachel L. West

In addition to being the founder of The Political Social Worker blog, I am a consultant. My consulting practice offers advocacy and community outreach solutions to nonprofits, social good organizations, and private practitioners. Additionally, I offer career coaching to macro social work students and professionals.

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