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


​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.”


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.


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”


Debbie Dingell And Her Decision To Run For Congress

May 28, 2014

Congressional candidate Debbie Dingell speaks with Craig on the Craig Fahle Show (WDET) live at the Mackinac Policy Conference on Mackinac Island.

Listen to the show here, courtesy of WDET.

Dingell is currently Chair of the Wayne State University Board of Governors and is the wife of Congressman John Dingell.

Craig talks to her about her decision to run for her husband’s seat in Congress as well as her stance on many issues facing education.


SEIU Endorses Debbie Dingell for Congress

May 20, 2014

The SEIU Michigan State Council representing 35,000 working men and women in Michigan has endorsed Debbie Dingell in her bid to represent Michigan’s 12th District in the next Congress.

“We believe that addressing the income inequality gap and the lack of economic opportunity for so many people is the most pressing public policy concern in America today,” said Marge Robinson, R.N., SEIU State Council President and President of SEIU Healthcare Michigan. “We have faith that Debbie Dingell has the courage, understanding, and ability to address these and other important issues on behalf of working people in Michigan.”

Debbie Dingell thanked the SEIU for their support.

“Fighting for the values that are important to working men and women has always been my priority and if elected to Congress, that will continue to be my priority,” Dingell said.

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is a national organization of 2.1 million members and the fastest growing labor organization in North America. In Michigan, the SEIU Michigan State Council consists of four local unions that together, represent members in every area of the state. They include:
• SEIU Healthcare Michigan (health care employees)
• SEIU Local 526M/Michigan Corrections Organization (MCO) (state corrections officers)
• SEIU Local 517M (public sector workers including state, local, and school employees)
• SEIU Local 1 (property services employees)

The SEIU joins a growing list of organizations and individuals endorsing Dingell’s campaign. They include:
• The United Auto Workers
• The Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council
• Unite Here Local 24
• Michigan Teamsters
• Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights
• 12th Congressional District Democratic Party
• Michigan United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) Locals 876 and 951
• Michigan Joint Council of the Retail Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU)
• Brownstown Township, Dearborn, and Southwestern Wayne County Democratic clubs
• 12th District elected mayors and township supervisors
• 12th District state legislators
• Emily’s List


Debbie Dingell Visits EMU, WEMU Studios

April 17, 2014

Debbie Dingell is running to fill her husband, Congressman John D. Dingell’s 12th district seat. She stopped by the WEMU studios Thursday and spoke with WEMU’s Bob Eccles.

Listen to her interview with Bob Eccles here.


Michigan Building and Construction Trades, Unite Here Local 24 Endorse Debbie Dingell

April 10, 2014

Two more organizations representing working men and women, The Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council and Unite Here Local 24, have endorsed Debbie Dingell in her bid to represent Michigan’s 12th District in Congress.

“Working men and women need a partner in Washington who understands their needs, appreciates their work and wants to fight for their future,” said Council Secretary-Treasurer Patrick Devlin. “We believe Debbie Dingell is the best person to stand up for us in Washington and that is why we are endorsing her campaign.”

Joseph Daugherty, President of Unite Here Local 24, said his members also want a partner who will work on their behalf.

“I am honored to have the endorsement of the Building and Construction Trades Council and Unite Here Local 24,” said Dingell. “If elected to Congress their issues will be my issues, just as they always have been.”

The Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council supports the interests of nearly 100,000 construction workers in the State of Michigan. Unite Here Local 24 includes over 7,000 hospitality workers in the Metro Detroit area. They join the following organizations and individuals in supporting Debbie Dingell’s campaign:
• The Michigan Teamsters.
• The Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights.
• The 12th Congressional District Democratic Party.
• The Michigan United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) Locals 876 and 951.
• The Michigan Joint Council of the Retail Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU)
• The Brownstown Township, Dearborn and Southwestern Wayne County Democratic clubs.
• 12th District elected mayors and township supervisors.
• 12th District state legislators
• Emily’s List