February 25, 2014
In 1977, John Dingell asked Deborah Ann Insley out on a date 15 times before she finally said yes.
Thirty-seven years later, she’s now Debbie Dingell, wife of the longest-serving member in the history of the House of Representatives, and known in Washington, D.C., and Michigan as having her hands in just about everything.
“She’s one of the better-connected women around, definitely,” says Marlene Malek, the wife of Republican super-aide Fred Malek.
It should serve her well. On Friday, Debbie Dingell plans to announce her candidacy for Congress, seeking the Michigan seat that her husband, a Democrat, has held for 59 years, as long as she has been alive — the seat to which he is not seeking reelection.
And as someone who has built up a network in D.C. and in her home state, it could just be one of the easier transitions to Congress.