Ellen Cogen was born to a Jewish family in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on March 26, 1967. She graduated from Altamont High School in 1984 and earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Williams College in 1988. She received her Juris Doctorate from Harvard University in 1992. She was admitted to the State Bar of Michigan (Section of Patent, Trademark, and Copyright Law) and served as a patent attorney specializing in medicine and technology for several years. Lipton is president of the Michigan Ambassadors for the Weizmann Institute, one of the world's foremost medical research institutes.
Ellen Cogen Lipton is married to Marc Lipton. They live in Huntington Woods with their son, Corey, and daughter, Celia. They attend Temple Emanu-El in Oak Park, Michigan, where Ellen serves as a Trustee.
Lipton took office as representative for the 27th District on January 1, 2009, and was subsequently re-elected in November 2010, and November 2012.
The 27th District is a small suburban district located north of the city of Detroit, in south-eastern Oakland County. It includes all of the following cities: Berkley, Ferndale, Hazel Park, Huntington Woods, Oak Park, Pleasant Ridge, and Royal Oak Township. The district is overwhelmingly Democratic and is the most Liberal of all Detroit-area districts. It has a median household income of $49,214, above the Michigan average. The 27th district also has a strong Jewish population.
Lipton currently serves on the Education (Democratic vice chair), Statutory Legislative Council (Democratic vice chair), Judiciary, and Insurance Committees. She had previously served on the Appropriations Committee.
Lipton's campaigns focused mainly on the economy, and her support for public education, green energy, no-fault auto insurance, embryonic stem-cell research, and protecting Michigan's natural resources. She was endorsed by EMILY's List, an organization that supports pro-choice female candidates, the Michigan Sierra Club, Michigan Clean Water Action, Equality Michigan, the Michigan AFL-CIO, The Detroit News and The Detroit Free Press.
In 2013, Lipton was named Democratic Legislator of the Year by the Michigan Information & Research Service (MIRS), and was named the Sander M. Levin Elected Official of the Year by the Oakland County Democratic Party. Lipton also was named an Environmental Champion by the Michigan Chapter of the Sierra Club and a Clean Water Hero by the Michigan Chapter of Clean Water Action for her voting on environmental issues.
She is now running to become Michigan's next state senator for the 11th District, which includes the cities of Farmington, Farmington Hills, Ferndale, Hazel Park, Huntington Woods, Lathrup Village, Madison Heights, Oak Park, Pleasant Ridge, Southfield, and Royal Oak Township.2008 campaign for State HouseEllen Cogen Lipton (D), 71.41%
David Micola (R), 22.71%
Shelly Bane (G), 3.07%
John Skosnik (L), 2.81%
2010 campaign for State HouseEllen Cogen Lipton (D), 67.55%
Michelangelo Fortuna III (R), 29.11%
John Skosnik (L), 3.34%
2012 campaign for State HouseEllen Cogen Lipton (D), 75.6%
Ezra Drissman (R), 20.3%
John Wierzbicki (L), 4%