Democratic Leadership Appoints Congresswoman Dingell to Co-Chair Effort to Elect More Women to Congress

March 2, 2015

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Washington, DC – The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) announced new leadership positions this month to help Democrats be successful in 2016. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12) was appointed to Co-Chair the Women LEAD program with Congresswoman Lois Frankel (FL-22).

“Debbie has been a strong and effective advocate for candidates before she was even elected to Congress. I’m confident with Debbie co-chairing this important program we can recruit and support strong women candidates to help Democrats change the landscape of Congress in 2016,” said DCCC Chairman Rep. Ben Ray Lujan.

The Women LEAD program works with women members of Congress and candidates across the country to support and help elect more women to Congress.

“When women succeed, America succeeds, which is why it’s critically important we elect more women to office, and that is what I’m determined to do,” said Rep. Debbie Dingell. “Women stand up for our families and communities and bring a commonsense voice to the policy-making dialogue, which is sorely missing in Washington. I’m honored the Chairman and Democratic leadership have put their trust in me, and working alongside my colleague from Florida, we will elect more women to Congress in 2016.”

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​NOW PAC Endorses Debbie Dingell for Congress

October 2, 2014

The National Organization of Women (NOW) Political Action Committee (PAC) has endorsed Debbie Dingell for Congress. Dingell is the Democratic candidate in the 12th Congressional District that includes parts of Wayne and Washtenaw counties including the cities of Dearborn, Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor.

“Debbie Dingell is a role model for women and a champion for the issues they care about,” said NOW President Terry O’Neill. “Throughout her entire career Debbie has fought for the pocketbook issues that are important to women and families. From jobs and access to quality health care, to education and fairness in the workplace Debbie has been an advocate for us and we know that if elected to Congress she will continue to fight for our issues. “

“I am gratified to be endorsed by the NOW PAC,” Dingell said today. “Across the 12th District and the nation women understand the toll our struggling economy has had on their lives and the lives of their loved ones. They want and need Congress working together on the issues they care about and if elected, they know they can count on me.”

The National Organization for Women, the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States dedicated to equality for all women. NOW counts 500,000 contributing members and 550 chapters in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Debbie Dingell is President of D2 Strategies and chair of the Wayne State University Board of Governors, to which she was elected statewide in 2006. An active civic and community leader, she is a recognized national advocate for women and children.

She resides in Dearborn with her husband Congressman John D. Dingell of Michigan. She holds both a B.S.F.S. in Foreign Services and an M.S. in Liberal Studies from Georgetown University.

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National Wildlife Federation Action Fund Endorses Debbie Dingell for Congress

September 25, 2014

Debbie Dingell, Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives from Michigan’s 12th District, has been endorsed by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) Action Fund. With over 4 million members, the NWF is the largest conservation organization in the country.

“Debbie Dingell’s strong commitment to conservation and the value she places on protecting wildlife for our children’s future will make her a strong advocate in Washington,” said Andy Buchsbaum, Interim Executive Director of the NWF Action Fund. “She understands how vital the Great Lakes are to Michigan’s families, economy, and way of life and how threats like climate change can damage them. We look forward to working with her to protect the Great Lakes and advance strong climate solutions that will promote cleaner energy sources, jobs, and a safer, more sustainable future for our children.”

“I am honored to be endorsed by the National Wildlife Federation Action Fund,” Dingell said. “Future generations will judge us based on our stewardship of the environment and what we did to protect it for those who will follow in our footsteps. If elected to the Congress I will be steadfast in supporting policies that will promote a more sustainable future for our children.”

The National Wildlife Federation Action Fund works to raise the visibility of key conservation issues with voters and elected officials. Through grassroots action and focused legislative campaigns, the NWF Action Fund advocates for wildlife and outdoor enthusiasts from all walks of life and political stripes to ensure they have a voice in the democratic process. Among the policies they advocate for are climate solutions, natural resource protection, wildlife conservation and outdoor education with the goal of confronting climate change, protecting wildlife habitats and connecting people with nature.

Debbie Dingell is President of D2 Strategies and chair of the Wayne State University Board of Governors, to which she was elected statewide in 2006. An active civic and community leader, she is a recognized national advocate for women and children. She resides in Dearborn with her husband Congressman John D. Dingell of Michigan. She holds both a B.S.F.S. in Foreign Services and an M.S. in Liberal Studies from Georgetown University.

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Statement on 12th Congressional District Democratic Primary Victory

August 17, 2014

Debbie Dingell tonight issued the following statement after winning the Democratic Primary in Michigan’s 12th Congressional District.

“The Democratic Primary vote is a victory for the middle class,” Dingell said. “People across the district are sending a message that when issues like job creation, access to health care and education, and fairness in the workplace are debated in Congress, they want their voices heard. At house parties and events across the 12th district people have made it clear that those issues and more are important to them and their families.”

In the course of her Primary campaign, Debbie attended hundreds of events across the 12th district, including dozens of house parties that have become a signature of her campaign.

“Listening to people and hearing about the issues that are important to them is a critical part of the Democratic process,” Dingell said. “People want a representative in Congress who cares about the things that matter to them and who will work hard on their behalf.”

Debbie Dingell is President of D2 Strategies and chair of the Wayne State University (WSU) Board of Governors, to which she was elected statewide in 2006. An active civic and community leader, she is a recognized national advocate for women and children.

She is immediate past chair of the Manufacturing Initiative at the American Automotive Policy Council. For more than 30 years she served one of Michigan’s largest employers, the General Motors (GM) Corporation, where she was President of the GM Foundation and a senior executive responsible for public affairs.

She resides in Dearborn with her husband, Congressman John Dingell. She holds a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Georgetown University.

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Debbie Dingell Captures Over 100 Endorsements for Tuesday Primary

July 30, 2014

Debbie Dingell, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for Michigan’s 12th Congressional District, is going into the August 5 Primary having captured more than 100 endorsements including support from the Detroit Free Press, the Detroit News and the Michigan Chronicle newspapers.

“My campaign is about fighting for working men and women and their families,” Dingell said. “By endorsing my campaign, organizations and individuals are signaling support for the priorities I will work on if elected to Congress, priorities like job creation, quality and affordable health care and education, and fairness in the workplace to name a few.”

Debbie Dingell’s most recent Primary endorsement came July 27 when the Detroit Free Press wrote:

“[Debbie Dingell] is superbly qualified…Dingell has spent decades as a standard-bearer for Democratic principles and bipartisan collegiality……. she brings political acumen and policy expertise that few incumbent members of Congress can match.”

On July 23 the Michigan Chronicle endorsed Debbie Dingell in the Primary, noting in part:

“Very seldom do we see a congressional candidate of her stature with the depth of knowledge, capability, competence and relationships she will bring to the office. She has the respect of those who don’t agree with her, and they see her as a force to be reckoned with in addressing the affairs of the nation.”

In all, Debbie Dingell has received 101 endorsements, including 48 from organizations representing a variety of business and labor groups. Also endorsing her in the Primary are elected officials from throughout Michigan and the 12th Congressional District. For a full list of endorsements visit: Debbie Dingell Endorsements

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​Debbie Dingell Statement on 49th Anniversary of Medicare

July 29, 2014

Debbie Dingell, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for Michigan’s 12th Congressional District, issued the following statement on tomorrow’s 49th anniversary of the signing of Medicare into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on July 30, 1965:

“Medicare is a success story. For nearly 50 years Medicare has provided life-saving health insurance to millions of Americans. It has significantly increased life expectancy and reduced the number of seniors living in poverty while improving their quality of life. Before Medicare, most of America’s seniors lacked insurance and faced financial ruin upon receiving a negative health diagnosis. Today, over 50 million American seniors and disabled individuals are insured through Medicare, more than half of whom have an annual income under $23,000.

“The legacy and future success of Medicare are personal for me. My husband, John Dingell, presided over the U.S. House of Representatives when it passed Medicare. As America’s population ages it’s more important than ever that we ensure the long-term solvency of Medicare, as well as Social Security. Our seniors worked hard for decades to pay their fair share to support Medicare and Social Security and they earned the dignity of a secure retirement.

“If elected to Congress, I will work every day to ensure that Medicare continues to provide quality and affordable coverage for America’s seniors because they earned it and they deserve it.”

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Debbie Dingell Campaign Releases Second TV Ad, Emphasizes Accessibility, Commitment to 12th District Residents

July 24, 2014

The Debbie Dingell for Congress campaign has released a second television advertisement focusing on Debbie’s accessibility and commitment to work hard on behalf of residents in Michigan’s 12th District if elected to Congress. The advertisement features people who know Debbie commenting on the qualities that make her their choice for Congress.

The advertisement entitled, “Coffee Shop,” began airing over the weekend on cable television systems in the district. It will air through the August 5 Primary. The ad features members of Debbie’s coffee group talking about her candor, her accessibility, her willingness to listen, and her commitment to hard work. The ad was filmed at Panera Cares in Dearborn where the group currently meets.

The advertisement will air along with the campaign’s first ad that features people citing Debbie’s energy to describe her. That ad highlights her fight to include women in federally-funded health care studies and her leadership on a state task force to reduce infant mortality rates. If elected to Congress, Debbie will fight for manufacturing jobs for southeast Michigan, workplace fairness and access to quality, affordable health care.

Debbie Dingell is President of D2 Strategies and chair of the Wayne State University (WSU) Board of Governors, to which she was elected statewide in 2006. An active civic and community leader, she is a recognized national advocate for women and children.

Debbie is immediate past chair of the Manufacturing Initiative at the American Automotive Policy Council. For more than 30 years she served one of Michigan’s largest employers, the General Motors (GM) Corporation, where she was President of the GM Foundation and a senior executive responsible for public affairs.

Her public service career includes the Democratic National Committee, of which she is a member and the Metropolitan Affairs Coalition, a statewide organization she chairs that brings business, labor and government together to find commonality on issues. A known “bridge-builder,” she continues to promote and lead efforts toward greater understanding among people of differing points of views and backgrounds.

Debbie resides in Dearborn with her husband Congressman John D. Dingell of Michigan. She holds both a B.S.F.S. in Foreign Services and an M.S. in Liberal Studies from Georgetown University.

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Debbie Dingell Endorses Middle Class Jump Start Action Plan

July 17, 2014

Debbie Dingell, candidate for Congress in Michigan’s 12th Congressional District, today voiced her strong support for the Middle Class Jump Start Action plan unveiled by House Democratic members in Washington, D.C. this morning. The Democratic plan is designed to create jobs, raise new ladders of opportunity, and help reignite the American Dream.

“Among the issues that concerns me most is the shrinking middle class, and the fact that too many people are working harder, making less money with increasing costs in all aspects of their lives,” Dingell said. “The Middle Class Jump Start Action Plan addresses those issues by focusing the nation’s attention on better jobs at home, making higher education more affordable and helping women succeed in the workplace. This is an action plan that can help make America stronger by making a difference in the lives of working men and women.”

Debbie Dingell has been a champion on all three pillars of this plan throughout her career. As part of her work at General Motors and later as chair of chair of the Manufacturing Initiative at the American Automotive Policy Council, she fought to keep manufacturing jobs in Michigan and to incentivize businesses to make Michigan their home. She has also worked to make sure those workers have full protection in the workplace and are treated, as well as paid, fairly.

Debbie has also fought for the equal treatment and advancement of women in the workplace.

“In the 21st Century, it is unacceptable that a woman doing the same work with the same background as a male counterpart is paid almost 30 percent less,” Dingell said. An outspoken critic of this workplace inequity, Debbie would make addressing it a priority if elected to Congress.

Finally, Debbie has fought to keep education affordable and accessible.

“Every American deserves the opportunity to have a quality and affordable education,” Dingell said. “Our commitment to education must begin at birth and continue throughout life with access to higher education and job re-training. Recent years have witnessed devastating cuts by the Congress in our investment in education. We must have a real commitment to education; our nation’s young people are 25 percent of our population but they are 100 percent of our future.”

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IBEW Endorses Debbie Dingell for Congress

July 2, 2014

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) State Conference of Michigan has endorsed Debbie Dingell for Congress. Dingell is a candidate for the Democratic nomination in the 12th Congressional District that includes parts of Western Wayne and Washtenaw counties.

“Across the nation and here in Michigan the rights of working men and women are being chipped away by politicians who no longer value our role in making things work,” said Michael Richard, Business Manager and Financial Secretary of Local 58. “We have watched Debbie fight for working people throughout her career and we look forward to having her stand up for us in the next Congress.”

The IBEW State Conference of Michigan represents working men and women, along with retirees and their families in the electrical construction industry, radio and television broadcasting, utility work including line-clearance tree trimming and outside linemen along with telephone and cable television workers.

Debbie thanked the IBEW for their support.

“Working men and women are the heart and soul of our country and that is why, if elected, I will make sure their voices are heard in the Congress,” Dingell said. “From job creation and health care, to quality education their issues are my issues.”

Debbie Dingell is President of D2 Strategies and chair of the Wayne State University (WSU) Board of Governors. A civic and community leader, Debbie is a recognized national advocate for women, children and social responsibility in government and business. She chaired One United Michigan to ensure equal opportunity and the Metropolitan Affairs Coalition that brings business, labor and government together to find commonality on issues that she chairs.

Born and raised in Michigan, Debbie is a resident of Dearborn and a graduate of Georgetown University.

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The Detroit News Endorses Debbie Dingell

June 30, 2014

The Detroit News has endorsed Debbie Dingell for the 12th Congressional District in the primary election. The Detroit News Editorial Board stated:

“Debbie Dingell is the better choice. The former General Motors executive knows her way around Washington and will hit the ground as an effective representative for her district.”

You can read the whole article at “Our Primary Picks”

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