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Matthew A. Winkler

‘Woman in Michigan’ Governs the No. 1 Economy

Under Governor Gretchen Whitmer, the state has improved the most in its history since the pandemic began two years ago.

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has the state’s economy humming.

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has the state’s economy humming.

Photographer: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

That woman from Michigan” is the T-shirt worn by the 49th governor of the 10th-largest U.S. state after President Donald Trump berated her for ordering some indoor business services closed in 2020. Michiganders were among the most afflicted by Covid-19 as the coronavirus put more people out of work since the Great Depression.

Trump insisted governors were on their own in pursuit of respirators and ventilators, and singled out Gretchen Whitmer, the Lansing native elected in 2018 on a campaign to improve health care and infrastructure, for not being “appreciative” of his efforts when he told Vice President Mike Pence: “Don't call the woman in Michigan.”