Debbie Dingell considering Senate bid in Michigan
Debbie Dingell (R) pictured with Rep. Eric Cantor (C) and her husband Rep. John Dingell (L) in February. Rep. Dingell delivered fresh Paczki to Cantor and Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, to celebrate Paczki Day.
March 11th, 2013
02:07 PM ET
10 years ago

Debbie Dingell considering Senate bid in Michigan

(CNN) - Debbie Dingell, longtime Democratic activist and wife of veteran Rep. John Dingell, is seriously considering a run for the Senate seat that will be vacated by retiring Sen. Carl Levin of Michigan next year, a knowledgeable source told CNN.

A Democratic National Committeewoman, Dingell has been approached by multiple people in Michigan and Washington about a potential bid.

Dingell has long been involved in Wolverine State politics. She worked alongside Levin in 2008 to get the Democratic primary moved up to an earlier slot in the primary calendar so the state could have more of an influence on the nomination process.

In addition to her 30-year career at General Motors as a senior executive, Dingell has served on multiple boards of charities and organizations and has chaired several political campaigns, including former Vice President Al Gore's presidential campaign in Michigan.

Her husband, 86, is the longest-serving congressman in history, with 57 years on Capitol Hill. He represents Michigan's 12th district.

Another Democrat, Rep. Gary Peters, is weighing a bid, as well. His district includes parts of Detroit. The three-term congressman told the Detroit Free Press editorial board on Friday that he was "seriously considering" a Senate campaign.

On the Republican side, sources say Scott Romney, the older brother of Mitt Romney, is interested in the seat. The Romneys' father, the late George Romney, served as Michigan governor during the 1960s.

Saul Anuzis, a former Republican National Committeeman and former chairman of the Michigan Republican Party, is also being encouraged to run, he told CNN.

Levin, 78, announced Thursday he would not be seeking re-election in 2014.

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soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    Michigan Democrats really need to find a strong candidate for Governer. Michigan Republicans are running rough shod over democracy and the Constitution with their "emergency manager" law.

    March 11, 2013 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  2. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    Good, any gop kicked out of the house or the senate is a good thing !!!

    March 11, 2013 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  3. Henry

    Have you heard she's planning a new line of "Dingell-berry" jams and jellies?

    March 11, 2013 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  4. Stoat

    It must be time to bring out the republican hate machine. If the republicans didn't spew they're hate, then pound the bible, they'd be lost for conversation. But the way they look at it, it's a method that's served them well in the past, why change things when all they have to do is stampede the masses. After the carnage, step in and claim power.

    March 11, 2013 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  5. muchthunder..little rain

    another family that thinks they must keep a seat forever.... replace a 86 old with a wife ..there has to be someone body not name dingle qualified...

    March 11, 2013 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  6. Malory Archer


    Have you heard she's planning a new line of "Dingell-berry" jams and jellies?


    Henry, your mommy called. She said it's time for you to get off the 'puter and do your homework or there will be no dessert this evening.

    March 11, 2013 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  7. Lewstew

    Spew hate. Thump bible. The way republicans win elections. Trouble is, many of you have fallen for the cycle. Many because it easy and convenient. The lazier they are the easier they are led.

    March 11, 2013 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  8. The REAL Truth...

    @freedom – Limiting our military capacity is putting Americans in harm's way, and is an impeachable offense for the president.
    Yawn.... Perhaps Debbie can educate you on exactly how much the 50% of Federal Spending that goes to military actually is. Democrats can count you know.. unlike Repugs who only have a problem with spending when they're not the ones doing it. QED.

    March 11, 2013 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  9. just sayin

    the last thing we need in washington is another dingleberry...

    March 11, 2013 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  10. Donna

    Professional politicians? A family business of sorts, running for office. Not quite what the Founding Fathers had envisioned I think. There is far too much of this going on in BOTH parties. THIS is how you end up with corruption in government.

    March 11, 2013 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  11. President Obama For Sale: $500,000 or Best Offer (CASH preferred)

    Please save your money and give to my organization instead. I need more money that the average corrupt politician. Thank you for your support.

    March 11, 2013 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    Paczki Day? When do we get to celebrate Slap-Cantor-in-the-Mouth-with-Babypowder-Hands Day?

    March 11, 2013 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |