Sen. Debbie Stabenow, a biotech champion, won’t run for a fifth term in 2024

A friend to farmers and champion of the biotech sector, Sen. Debbie Stabenow announced last week she won’t run for a fifth term in 2024.

The first woman Senator from Michigan when she was elected in 2000, Stabenow chairs the Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee and is also part of several other committees.

She championed the Growing Climate Solutions Act, which enables farmers to participate in carbon markets. She saw the legislation through Senate passage in 2021, and its provisions were ultimately encoded in law in the 2023 spending bill.

Stabenow highlighted what she called “a comprehensive approach to summer meals for children. This is accomplished by establishing a nationwide summer electronic benefit (EBT) program and more flexible meal delivery options. This is an important victory for children and families because it is the first permanent investment Congress has made in child nutrition in over 10 years.”

She co-authored the 2014 and 2018 Farm Bills and promised the 2023 Farm Bill would be a focus during her last term.

The 2023 U.S. Farm Bill can help drive biomanufacturing by improving federal programs, according to testimony before the Senate Agriculture Committee, given by the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) and its member company Geno.

What she’s said about biotech:

Past remarks from Stabenow:

As the first woman in many leadership positions, Sen. Stabenow said it was time for her to pass the baton to a new generation of leaders.

“I have always believed it’s not enough to be the ‘first’ unless there is a ‘second’ and a ‘third’,” she said.

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