Who is Gretchen Whitmer, the Michigan governor giving the Democrats’ response to Trump’s State of the Union speech?

Michigan’s independent voters were more likely to support Whitmer than Schuette, 53% to 36%, according to AP VoteCast, a survey of the American electorate conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago for the AP. Ten percent of Republican voters backed Whitmer, more than the 2% of Democratic voters who supported Schuette. The Kaiser Family Foundation and Cook Political Report’s fall survey said 59% of Michigan’s registered voters approved of the job Whitmer was doing, while 39% disapproved.