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DNC Michigan Superdelegates

HuffPost's OffTheBus members produced these superdelegate profiles as part of its Superdelegate Investigation. You can find all profiles here.

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Mark Brewer
Michigan

Basic Bio
* Mount Clemens High School (1973), http://www.michigandems.com
* Harvard College (1977), http://www.michigandems.com
* Stanford University Law School (1981), http://www.michigandems.com
* Worked in federal and state courts for two years before joining Sachs, Waldman, O'Hare, Helveston, Hodges and Barnes, PC in 1983. Made a shareholder in 1989, http://www.michigandems.com

Involvement in Democratic Party
* Chair, Michigan Democratic Party (1995-current), http://www.michigandems.com
* President, Association of State Party Chairs, http://www.michigandems.com
* Vice Chair, Democratic National Committee, http://www.michigandems.com
* Brewer is the longest-serving Democratic state chair since the 1950s, and is the senior state party chair in the country, http://www.michigandems.com
* Served as assistant general counsel for the Michigan Democratic Party from 1983-1995, additionally acting as parliamentarian at several Party conventions, http://www.michigandems.com
* Has served as Michigan delegation chair in the 1996, 2000 and 2004 national conventions, http://www.michigandems.com
* Began career in politics in 1977 working on congressional campaign of David Bonior, http://www.michigandems.com
* Served as President of the Clinton Township Democratic Club from 1984-1993, http://www.michigandems.com
* Has worked on local, state and national campaigns, including as campaign manager, http://www.michigandems.com

Personal political interests and issues
* Has maintained an interest in election law, defamation law, campaign finance, reapportionment, party rules and procedural issues, etc., http://www.michigandems.com
* As Michigan Democratic chair, Brewer has been actively involved in the assignment of state delegates and the nomination and convention process, http://www.michigandems.com

Involvement in 2008 election - campaign appearances, statements
* Brewer is at the center of controversy surrounding the Michigan Democrats' bungled handling of its primary, and while largely secretive, is seen by many to be resisting a "do-over," which would doubtlessly favor Obama, http://www.goodmorningflint.blogspot.com
* He has been involved in talks regarding the seating of Michigan delegates at the national convention, but has largely avoided the public eye, http://www.goodmorningflint.blogspot.com
* Brewer did not return frequent phone calls requesting comment on the primary situation in early February from the Detroit News, but he did issue a statement saying everyone should remain "open-minded," http://www.detnews.com
* There is widespread opinion in Michigan that both Brewer and pledged-Governor Jennifer Granholm are trying to block Obama from receiving Michigan delegates - Brewer is widely thought to support Clinton, http://www.metrotimes.com
* Originally, Brewer supported John Edwards, whose national campaign manager was David Bonior, Brewer's former boss, http://www.metrotimes.com

Contributions to Candidates
* No documented contributions to 2008 contender(s), http://www.huffingtonpost.com/fundrace

Family's Involvement in Politics, the Democratic Party
* Born in Indiana to a military family, interest in politics grew in high school, http://www.freep.com

Previous Campaign Work
* Worked extensively on the campaigns of Congressman David Bonior, beginning in 1977, http://www.michigandems.com
* Has served as a kind of backroom surrogate for both the Edwards (initial choice) and Clinton campaigns, http://www.metronews.com

Connections to Politicians, Leaders On State Level
* Congressman David Bonior

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Elizabeth Bunn
Michigan


Basic Bio
* UAW Secretary-Treasurer (2006-current), the highest rank attained by a woman within the UAW organization in history, http://www.uaw.org
* Member of Executive Council of the AFL-CIO, http://www.uaw.org
* BA from the University of Michigan, JD from Wayne State University, http://www.uaw.org

Involvement in Democratic Party
* Longtime member of the Democratic Party, http://www.uaw.org

Personal political interests and issues
* Creator of the UAW's Woman-to-Woman campaign that helped elect Senator Debbie Stabenow in 2000 and Governor Jennifer Granholm in 2002, http://www.uaw.org
* Led a four-year campaign to organize student workers at the University of Washington, http://www.uaw.org
* Prior to its 1991 UAW affiliation, was a leading member of the National Writers Union, and was involved in the landmark victory over the New York Times and others concerning copyright infringement, http://www.uaw.org
* Lifetime member of the NAACP, http://www.uaw.org
* Officer of the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW), http://www.uaw.org

Involvement in 2008 election - campaign appearances, statements
* Has not openly endorses or supported a particular candidate yet, http://www.demconwatch.blogspot.com
* Bunn is actively involved in union activities, but her political involvement appears limited to the private sphere, http://www.demconwatch.blogspot.com, http://www.dnc.org

Contributions to Candidates
* No documented contributions to 2008 contender(s), http://www.huffingtonpost.com/fundrace

Family's Involvement in Politics, the Democratic Party
* Unable to find detailed family information

Previous Campaign Work
* Has worked almost exclusively behind-the-scenes, although is certainly active in labor organizing and activities across the country, http://www.uaw.org

Connections to Politicians, Leaders On State Level
* Bunn has served on Lt. Governor John Cherry's Commission on Higher Education and Economic Growth, http://www.cherrycommission.org

This profile was produced through HuffPost"s OffTheBus Superdelegate Investigation. All profiles will be donated to the Superdelegate Transparency Project. If you have information that should be added to this profile, please join the Superdelegate Transparency Project and update the profile there.

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Richard N. Wiener

Michigan

Basic Bio
* Mr. Wiener's birthplace was Williamston, Michigan in Ingham County.
(http://politicalgraveyard.com/bio/widdis-wiggin.html)
* Mr. Wiener is an attorney employed at the governmental affairs law firm he founded, Wiener associates.
(http://www.wienerassociates.com/who.htm)
* He attended Wayne State University and then Michigan State University for law school. (http://www.wienerassociates.com/who.htm)
* He also serves as an adjunct professor of Election Law at MSU Law School. (http://www.wienerassociates.com/who.htm)

Involvement in Democratic Party
* Rick served as the Democratic State Party Chair from 1983-89 and also served as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1984, 1996, 2000, and 2004. (http://politicalgraveyard.com/bio/widdis-wiggin.html)
* He was a Presidential Elector for Michigan in 1984. (http://politicalgraveyard.com/bio/widdis-wiggin.html)
* He is a member of the Democratic National Committee from Michigan as of 2004. (http://politicalgraveyard.com/bio/widdis-wiggin.html)
* He was on a short list for Democratic National Chairman in the 1980s, according to the New York Times.
(http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=940DE2DE1E30F93BA35751C1A96E948260)

Personal political interests and issues
* Mr. Wiener has been involved with encouraging humanitarian intervention and ending the genocide in the Sudan through the passages of resolutions for the DNC. (http://www.democrats.org/a/2007/02/on_the_need_for.php)

Involvement in the 2008 election
* Initially, Mr. Weiner supported Bill Richardson.

Contributions to Candidates
* Mr. Weiner contributed $2,000 to the Hillary Clinton campaign.
(http://fundrace.huffingtonpost.com/neighbors.php?type=name&lname=wiener&fname=richard&search=Search)
* He also contributed to the Bill Richardson campaign in 2007.
(http://www.newsmeat.com/fec/bystate_detail.php?city=Lansing&st=MI&last=WIENER&first=RICHARD

Prominent State Individuals Supported * He served as Chief of Staff to Governor Jennifer Granholm.
(http://www.wienerassociates.com/who.htm)

This profile was produced through HuffPost"s OffTheBus Superdelegate Investigation. All profiles will be donated to the Superdelegate Transparency Project. If you have information that should be added to this profile, please join the Superdelegate Transparency Project and update the profile there.

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