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Elizabeth S. Brater, former state legislator. Named Legislator of Year, Michigan Alliance Mentally Illinois & Association Children's Mental Health, 1998; recipient Local Government Achievement award, Michigan Democratic Party, 1990, Feminist Achievement award, National Organization of Women, 1991.


Brater, Elizabeth was born on April 12, 1951 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States.


Bachelor, University of PennsylvaniaMaster of Arts, University of Pennsylvania.


Her district included the cities of Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti. After graduating high school in 1969, she enrolled at the University of Chicago, where she remained for two years, but transferred to the University of Pennsylvania, completing her B.A. in English in 1973. She continued to receive an M.A. In Ann Arbor, she worked as an editor and writer, also teaching courses on local government and writing at the university.

She then ran for mayor of Ann Arbor in April 1991, defeating two-term incumbent Republican mayor Gerald D. Jernigan. Brater was the first woman to be elected mayor of Ann Arbor. As mayor, Brater established the city's extensive recycling program.

After serving one two-year term, she was defeated in her mayoral reelection campaign, losing in April 1993 to the Republican challenger, former city council member Ingrid Sheldon, who went on to serve four two-year terms as mayor. After her mayoral defeat, Brater ran successfully for the Michigan House of Representatives in November 1994. She served in the House from 1995 to 2000, representing Michigan's 53rd district.

Term limits prevented Brater from running for a fourth term. In the general election, she triumphed easily over Republican candidate Gordon Darr, a Scio Township Trustee, and Green Party candidate Elliott Smith. In 2006, she was re-elected with more than 71% of the vote, but in 2010 was term-limited and thus barred from seeking re-election.

2006 Election for the Michigan State Senate - 18th District2002 Election for the Michigan State Senate - 18th District.


She was previously a member of the Michigan House of Representatives from 1995 to 2000. In History, magna cum laude, in 1976, and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. In the Democratic primary, she defeated a fellow member of the Michigan House, John Hansen of Dexter.

In the Michigan Senate, Brater was a member of the Judiciary and Finance committees, the vice-chair of the Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs and the Agriculture, Forestry and Tourism committees. Brater also served as a member of the Governor's Land Use Leadership Council.


Married; 2 children.