(CNN) - Serving on Capitol Hill is something of a tradition in the Dingell family, but Debbie Dingell announced Saturday she won't be seeking a seat in Washington.
The wife of longtime Rep. John Dingell Jr., D-Michigan, said in a note sent to family and friends and obtained by CNN that it is "critical that Democrats unite behind one candidate for what will be a difficult and expensive race" to replace Sen. Carl Levin, who has chosen not to seek a seventh term next year.
(CNN) – Former President Bill Clinton continued his cross-country campaign swing Sunday night to help the longest-serving member of Congress in his bid to hold onto his seat.
Democratic Rep. John Dingell of Michigan is a 28-term incumbent, but he’s in a tighter reelection battle than he’s seen in a while, hence the Clinton campaign stop.
“Michigan was good for me and I tried to be good for Michigan,” Clinton said. “John Dingell’s been good for you and he’s been good for you in the last year and a half, as he has in his entire career."
Pelosi will use a gavel borrowed from fellow Democrat longtime Michigan Rep. John Dingell. Dingell used the gavel when he presided over the House as it passed the Medicare bill in 1965.
“A treasure in the Dingell family that was used in the enactment of the Medicare law”, Pelosi told reporters, “I will use it this evening when we cast a very successful vote for this important legislation. This has been a complete team effort, not only a team effort, a partnership with our leadership and every member of our caucus and we look forward to making this historic day known to the American people."
(CNN) - Longtime Michigan Democratic Rep. John Dingell announced Saturday he will seek reelection:
“Given the current status of our economy, Michigan needs experienced leaders in Washington to stand up for our families and help dig the state out of this economic depression,” Dingell said, according to prepared remarks. “Now is not the time to walk away."
Dingell, who has served in Congress since 1955, represents Michigan's 15th Congressional District.
Dingell's full remarks after the jump: