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Can Debbie Dingell Continue Michigan Family’s Long Record of Congressional Service?

Debbie Dingell is seeking to replace her husband, John Dingell, in Congress. If her campaign is successful, she'll continue a family legacy in Congress that has lasted 81 years.

John and Debbie Dingell are considered a power couple in Washington, DC, and metro Detroit. (Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)
John and Debbie Dingell are considered a power couple in Washington, DC, and metro Detroit. (Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

Debbie Dingell is ending speculation that she’ll seek to replace her husband, the longest-serving U.S. congressman ever, with a three-stop campaign announcement tour in southeast Michigan Friday.

Rep. John Dingell, a Democrat who has served in Congress for more than 58 years, cited partisan gridlock when he announced Monday that he would not seek an unprecedented 30th term.

If she’s successful, Debbie Dingell will be the third member of the Dingell family to serve in Congress. John Dingell was elected in a special election in 1955 to replace his father, John Dingell Sr., who had served since 1933 and died of a heart attack while in office.

Together, the father and son held the American record at 81 years for the longest consecutive service for a single family.

Dingell, 60, will kick off her announcement tour in her hometown of Dearborn, the Detroit News reports. She is the first Democrat in the heavily Democratic 12th District to announce her candidacy in the Aug. 5 primary election.

Union Conservatives founder Terry Bowman, a UAW worker and Ypsilanti resident, is expected to announce Monday that he will seek the Republican nomination for the 12th District. Bowman was one of the leaders in the campaign to make Michigan a right-to-work state.

John and Debbie Dingell married in 1981 and became known as a politcal power couple in Washington, D.C. and metro Detroit.

Debbie Dingell also plans stops Friday in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti.

Carol Cook March 01, 2014 at 10:03 AM
Ridiculous….bow out gracefully.
Mark Bottenhorn March 01, 2014 at 02:15 PM
Once you have that power it is hard to give up. Darn look how long it took John to give it up.
gregg phillips March 02, 2014 at 07:59 AM
that is why the voters need to make sure she is done......the ego's of these families who bleed our tax dollars and do nothing to help the poor and middle class when they themselves live high on the hog.....can anyone explain why the poor and middle class are doing the same and the rich in the political world keep getting richer......dam liberals.....got to go
K2 March 02, 2014 at 05:45 PM
it can be explained by all the people that keep voting for a straight party ticket, but now that things are in the toilet are traveling the river of de-nile. There needs to be a huge change in voting, not saying one party is better but we all need to start looking at candidates as opposed to parties and personal candidate agendas.
Nickel March 02, 2014 at 08:12 PM
great comment berkley mom. I am tired of Dingell's in office. live your lives and enjoy each others company

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