DETROIT - Democrat Debbie Dingell has won the 12th District House seat to succeed her husband, John, who is retiring as the longest-serving member of Congress.
She defeated Republican Terry Bowman and two other candidates in Tuesday's election. The 60-year-old had been expected to win in the Democratic-leaning southeastern Michigan district.
Debbie Dingell of Dearborn is chair of the Wayne State University Board of governors and Democratic National Committee member. She campaigned on not running to replace her husband, but said she could draw on his experience and her own because she knows his colleagues and constituents.
John Dingell is retiring at the end of this year. He was a 29-year-old lawyer in 1955 when his father died and he won a special election to succeed him.
She released this statement Tuesday night:
"Tonight, it is one of the greatest honors in my life as the people in Michigan's 12th District have elected me to be their next member of Congress. This campaign has been a giant job interview and now the results are in. I'm going to Washington to be their voice on the issues that matter to this district and the country: Creating good jobs, making sure health care is affordable and available, keeping college an option for middle class families, and protecting Social Security and Medicare.
"I want to reaffirm one point I have consistently made throughout this campaign. As I prepare for my new role I am more interested in finding solutions than looking for fights, and I believe by working together we can move our country forward. That will be my approach in Washington. I've spent my life bringing people together, finding common ground, and figuring out a ways to move forward. That's who I am and I'm not going to change. So I want to thank everyone for their support, their time, their vote, and for this opportunity to serve the 12th District in Congress."
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