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Ellen Cogen Lipton
Ellen Cogen Lipton, Co-Vice President
D – Huntington Woods, Term Expires 1/1/2029
Hailed as a “hero” for public education, Ellen Cogen Lipton has long fought attacks on public institutions to ensure that every Michigander has the opportunity to get a good education and thrive in our state.
Ellen proudly served as a Michigan State Representative for six years, where she led the fight against efforts to privatize public schools in Michigan. Her tireless work led to a close examination of the inequities in the current system of school funding.
As the granddaughter of immigrants, Ellen was raised to believe that working hard and playing by the rules was the path to a good American life. Scholarships, jobs and the affordable cost of higher education allowed Ellen to attend Harvard Law School, where she met her husband Marc.
While raising two active kids, Ellen worked as a patent attorney, helping universities and small businesses innovate and thrive, often in competition with large, powerful corporations. As a survivor of Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Ellen became involved in public life when she joined the fight to allow life-saving stem cell research in Michigan. She ran for State Representative in 2008 and served three full terms, the maximum allowed in the state.
As a legislator, she served on several important committees, including Education and Appropriations for K-12 Schools, and earned praise for her legislative advocacy. She was named the Public Official of the Year (by the National MS Society); the Legislator of the Year (by the Michigan Probate Judges Association and the Michigan Association of Drug Court Professionals); an Environmental Champion (by the Michigan Sierra Club); a Clean Water Hero by Michigan Clean Water Action; the Elected Official of the Year (by the Oakland County Democratic Party); and the Democratic Representative of the Year (by the Michigan Information and Research Service).
After leaving Lansing, Ellen founded and was named President of the Michigan Promise Zone Association, which supports free community college tuition, technical training and certification to Michigan students in selected communities across Michigan, a blueprint for free college tuition across America.