Some people had it easy.
Whitmer was born in 1971 in Lansing, Michigan, as the eldest of three children to Richard and Sherry Whitmer, who were both lawyers. Her father served as head of the state’s Department of Commerce under Governor William Milliken and was the president and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan between 1988 and 2006. Whitmer’s mother worked as an assistant attorney general under Attorney General Frank Kelley. Her parents divorced when she was 10 years old, and she and her siblings lived with their mother in Grand Rapids. Her father traveled from his home in Detroit to visit the family at least once a week. Raised primarily in nearby East Lansing, she graduated from Forest Hills Central High School, just outside Grand Rapids. She received a BA in communications from Michigan State University in 1993 and a JD from Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University in 1998.