Leadership During Crisis: A Conversation with Governors Gretchen Whitmer and J.B. Pritzker

They are leaders in America’s heartland, battling the global pandemic. Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer is facing massive demonstrations against her stay-at-home executive order. Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker is at odds with the federal government, saying he has given up on help from the Trump administration. Watch Governors Whitmer and Pritzker in conversation with national political reporter Robert Costa.
  • Apr 21, 2020
Highlights
When asked whether former Vice President Joe Biden has asked her for vetting or personal information, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said, ‘I’m not putting any energy into politics…’ When pressed further about whether she’s been asked to provide any documents, she responded, ‘No, not yet.’
  • Apr 21, 2020
Addressing the protests against the stay-at-home order in her state, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said, ‘It’s not about taking your right to assemble away, it’s about making sure that my father’s right to live is protected.’
  • Apr 21, 2020
Michigan has one of the most aggressive stay-at-home orders in the country, which has led to some protests in the state. When asked if she’ll extend the order beyond May 1, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer said the decision to reopen will be data driven. ‘What we do know is that we’ll have to be very slow, and for some, we will continue to be in the posture that we’re currently in. For others, we will start to ramp up a bit where it’s lower risk...Some form of an order will continue on, but our hope is that we will start to slowly reengage sectors of our economy.’
  • Apr 21, 2020
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has assembled a task force to examine the racial disparities in Michigan’s coronavirus outbreak. She said addressing racial disparities within the coronavirus pandemic should be a ‘priority’ in this country. ‘We need to prioritize this as a country. This is holding a mirror up to our country and the generational inequities that people of color have confronted.’
  • Apr 21, 2020
Full Segment
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer is facing massive demonstrations against her stay-at-home executive order. Watch Gov. Whitmer in conversation with national political reporter Robert Costa.
  • Apr 21, 2020
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer
(D-Michigan)
Governor Gretchen Whitmer is a lifelong Michigander. She is a lawyer, an educator, former prosecutor, State Representative and Senator. She was the first woman to lead a Senate caucus. But the most important title she boasts is MOM. Inspired by her family, she’s devoted her life to building a stronger Michigan for everyone. Since taking her oath of office, she has put together the most diverse cabinet in our state’s history and has signed executive directives to clean up our drinking water, end discrimination in state government based on sexual orientation and gender identity, secure equal pay for equal work, and expand opportunities for small and disadvantaged businesses. Governor Whitmer and her husband Marc Mallory live in Lansing with her two daughters, Sherry and Sydney. Her three stepsons, Alex, Mason, and Winston all live in Michigan as well. Governor Whitmer earned a bachelor’s degree and law degree from Michigan State University. Born and raised in Michigan, Gretchen Whitmer is honored to serve as Governor of Michigan.
Highlights
Cases of the coronavirus were expected to peak in Illinois in mid- to late April, but Governor J.B. Pritzker says residents adhering to the stay-at-home order have helped push the state’s projected peak to ‘maybe mid-May with a lower level’ of cases.
  • Apr 21, 2020
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker said he’s disappointed in the rhetoric and messaging coming from President Trump regarding stay-at-home orders. ‘He’s fomenting protests and that is fomenting some violence.’
  • Apr 21, 2020
When asked why he turned to China for supplies instead of the national stockpile, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker said, ‘Well, the national stockpile has been depleted. The President and the federal government really have not distributed much of anything to the states considering what we asked for. Here in Illinois, we’ve maybe received 10 percent of what we needed, so they’ve turned it back to the states and said ‘Well, you guys are on your own.’
  • Apr 21, 2020
Responding to criticism from President Trump that he didn’t understand his state’s testing capacity, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Trump doesn’t understand the difference between ‘testing capacity and getting testing results.’
  • Apr 21, 2020
Full Segment
Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker is at odds with the federal government, saying he has given up on help from the Trump administration. Watch Gov. Pritzker in conversation with national political reporter Robert Costa.
  • Apr 21, 2020
Governor J.B. Pritzker
(D-Illinois)
Governor JB Pritzker was sworn in as the 43rd governor of the state of Illinois on January 14, 2019 and won election with the largest margin of victory over a sitting governor in more than a century. After taking the oath of office, Governor Pritzker immediately began working with Democrats and Republicans to accomplish one of the most ambitious and consequential legislative agendas in state history. Before becoming governor, Pritzker founded 1871, the non-profit small business incubator in Chicago that has helped entrepreneurs create more than 11,000 jobs and more than 1,000 new companies. Since the creation of 1871, Chicago has been named one of the top ten technology startup hubs in the world, and 1871 was named the best incubator in the world. As governor, he has expanded support for new business incubators and cut taxes for hundreds of thousands of small businesses while incentivizing job creation and innovation. He also extended research and development tax credits to help manufacturing workers and businesses thrive, and he worked with the business community to create apprenticeship tax credits to promote job training. Governor Pritzker and First Lady MK Pritzker have been married for more than a quarter century, and they are the proud parents of two children.
Interviewed by Robert Costa
The Washington Post
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