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Michigan’s race for Congress: Debbie Dingell seeks another term in 6th District

U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell has served in Congress since 2015. Her new congressional district is safely Democratic. (Shutterstock photo)

Incumbent U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Dearborn, has served in Congress since 2015 and is running for her fifth term on Nov. 8 in a district that covers many of her current constituents, but will no longer include her longtime home base. 

While in Congress, Dingell has worked on Great Lakes protection efforts as co-chair of the Great Lakes Task Force,  supporting manufacturing, lowering prescription drug costs, reducing gun violence and limiting domestic abusers’ access to guns.

She serves as co-chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee and is a member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and House Committee on Natural Resources. Before her congressional career, Dingell was an executive at General Motors Corp. and president of the GM Foundation. She also served on the Wayne State Board of Governors.  

Dingell, widow of the late U.S. Rep. John Dingell, is well known for her work across party lines and her friendship with longtime U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph. 

Running against Dingell is Republican Whittney Williams, a U.S. auto show product specialist and first-generation Taiwanese immigrant. In 2020, she unsuccessfully ran in the 11th Congressional District Republican primary. 

On her website, Williams encourages supporters not to donate and “keep your hard-earned money to survive the inflation.” 

How things have changed

Dingell’s current district connects Ann Arbor to Dearborn and most of the Downriver communities.

The new 6th Congressional District connects Ann Arbor and the rest of Washtenaw County with portions of western Wayne County and most of the city of Novi in Oakland County. Dingell intends to move from her home in Dearborn into the new district.

What to expect

Dingell has said she plans to move to Ann Arbor into the new 6th Congressional District, but this new district covers much of the territory she currently represents. The district is considered a safe seat for Democrats.

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