Debbie Dingell Committee Assignments Are


Legislative Metrics

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Ideology–Leadership Chart

Dingell is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Dingell has sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Committee Membership

Debbie Dingell sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Dingell was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:

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We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Dingell sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Health (36%)Environmental Protection (14%)Commerce (14%)Transportation and Public Works (9%)Armed Forces and National Security (9%)Foreign Trade and International Finance (9%)Crime and Law Enforcement (9%)

Recent Bills

Some of Dingell’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Dingell’s VoteVote Description
Yea H.R. 772: Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act of 2017
Feb 6, 2018. Passed 266/157.
H.R. 772 amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetics Act to clarify the information certain retail food chain establishments, with 20 or more locations, must disclose about nutrition to the consumer to prevent overly burdensome regulations for certain establishments, such as convenience stores, supermarkets, grocery ...
Nay H.R. 5325: Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017
Sep 28, 2016. Passed 342/85.
No H.R. 2146: Defending Public Safety Employees’ Retirement Act
Jun 18, 2015. Passed 218/208.
This vote made H.R. 2146 the vehicle for passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal currently being negotiated. H.R. 2146 was originally introduced as a bill to address issues with retirement funds of federal law enforcement officers and firefighters. ...
Yea H.R. 2048: Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ensuring Effective Discipline Over Monitoring Act of 2015
May 13, 2015. Passed 338/88.
The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of the Patriot Act, which had expired the day before. The act imposes some new limits on the bulk collection of ...
Yea H.R. 685: Mortgage Choice Act of 2015
Apr 14, 2015. Passed 286/140.

Missed Votes

From Jan 2015 to Mar 2018, Dingell missed 47 of 2,136 roll call votes, which is 2.2%. This is on par with the median of 2.3% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Time PeriodVotes EligibleMissed VotesPercentPercentile
2015 Jan-Mar14442.8%62nd
2015 Apr-Jun24400.0%0th
2015 Jul-Sep13985.8%84th
2015 Oct-Dec1771810.2%96th
2016 Jan-Mar13710.7%18th
2016 Apr-Jun20452.5%57th
2016 Jul-Sep23210.4%23rd
2016 Nov-Dec4800.0%0th
2017 Jan-Mar20862.9%71st
2017 Apr-Jun13600.0%0th
2017 Jul-Sep19910.5%37th
2017 Oct-Dec16700.0%0th
2018 Jan-Mar10133.0%55th

Primary Sources

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Debbie Dingell is pronounced:

DE-bee // DING-uhl

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Deborah Ann Dingell (née Insley; born November 23, 1953) is an American Democratic Party politician who has been the United States Representative for Michigan's 12th congressional district since 2015. She succeeded her husband, John Dingell, in Congress. She worked as a consultant to the American Automobile Policy Council.[1] She was a superdelegate for the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.[2][3]

She is active in several Michigan and Washington, D.C., charities and serves on a number of charitable boards. She is a founder and past chair of the National Women’s Health Resource Center and the Children's Inn at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).[4] She is also a member of the Board of Directors for Vital Voices Global Partnership.[5] She is a 1975 graduate of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

Life and career[edit]

Descended from one of the Fisher brothers, owners of Fisher Body, a GM founder,[6] she has served as president[7] of the General Motors Foundation and as executive director of Global Community Relations and Government Relations at GM.

She married Michigan Congressman John Dingell, 28 years her senior, in 1981;[8] she is Dingell's second wife. She had grown up as a Republican, but became a Democrat soon after marrying Dingell.

She is a member of the Democratic National Committee from Michigan and chaired Vice President Al Gore’s campaign in Michigan in 2000. In 2004, she also helped secure the Michigan Democratic primary and general election vote for John Kerry in Michigan.

In November 2006, Dingell was elected to the Board of Governors of Wayne State University in Detroit.[9]

Dingell and U.S. SenatorCarl Levin (D – MI) were the proponents of moving up Michigan's Presidential Primary before February 5, to attempt to garner greater political influence for Michigan during the 2008 Democratic Primaries.[10] This resulted in Michigan almost losing its delegates' votes in the Democratic Convention.[11]

John Dingell became the longest-serving member of the United States House of Representatives in June 2013 and continued serving up until the end of the 113th Congress in January 2015.

When Carl Levin announced his retirement from the U.S. Senate at the end of his term in 2015, Dingell indicated that she was interested in running for his seat.[12] When former Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm declined to run for the seat, a Politico writer declared Dingell to be one of the front-runners for the Democratic nomination, alongside Representative Gary Peters.[13] However, she chose not to run, and Gary Peters was elected to Levin's seat.

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

2014 election[edit]

Dingell indicated that she planned to run for her husband's congressional seat after he announced his retirement.[14] On August 5 she won the Democratic primary. On November 4 she won the general election, defeating Republican Terry Bowman.[15] When Dingell was sworn in, she became the first U.S. non-widowed woman in Congress to succeed her husband – who is the longest-serving member of Congress in history with 59 years served. His father John Dingell Sr. held Michigan's 12th district for 22 years before his son won it. All together the Dingells have held one of Michigan's districts for a total of 84 years as of 2017.[16][17]

Committee assignments[edit]

She is a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.[18]

See also[edit]


  1. ^Beene, Ryan (October 26, 2009). "Debbie Dingell to take new post at American Automotive Policy Council". Crain's Detroit Business. Crain Communications. Retrieved March 22, 2013. 
  2. ^Akers, Mary Ann (February 27, 2008). "Debbie Dingell: Angst-ridden Superdelegate and Congressional Spouse". The Sleuth (blog). The Washington Post. Archived from the original on November 6, 2014. Retrieved March 22, 2013. 
  3. ^"Congressman John Dingell Makes Washington Quake, but Not His Executive Wife, Debbie". Retrieved November 25, 2014. 
  4. ^"Meet Debbie". Office of Debbie Dingell. Retrieved October 23, 2017. 
  5. ^"Board of Directors". Vital Voices. Retrieved March 23, 2013. 
  6. ^"Archived copy". Archived from the original on June 15, 2013. Retrieved June 6, 2013. 
  7. ^"A closer look at Debbie Dingell". Pennsylvania Main Line News covering local news including local sports, video and multimedia coverage, and classified advertising. 
  8. ^"Debbie Dingell". Click. Politico. Retrieved March 22, 2013. 
  9. ^"Debbie Dingell". Wayne State University. Archived from the original on January 25, 2013. Retrieved March 22, 2013. 
  10. ^Levin, Carl; Dingell, Deborah (March 19, 2008). "New Hampshire Cheated, Too". The New York Times. Retrieved March 22, 2013. 
  11. ^Shear, Michael D. (December 2, 2007). "DNC Punishes Michigan For Early Primary Date". PostPolitics (blog). The Washington Post. Retrieved March 22, 2013. 
  12. ^Bash, Dana (March 11, 2013). "Debbie Dingell considering Senate bid in Michigan". Political Ticker (blog). CNN. Retrieved March 22, 2013. 
  13. ^Hohmann, James (March 22, 2013). "Jennifer Granholm: No run for Carl Levin's seat". Politico. Retrieved March 23, 2013. 
  14. ^Allen, Mike (February 25, 2014). "Politico Playbook for Feb. 25, 2014". Politico. Retrieved February 25, 2014. 
  15. ^Allen, Jeremy (November 4, 2014). "Debbie Dingell defeats Terry Bowman in 12th District U.S. House race". MLive Media Group. 
  16. ^Ostermeier, Eric (February 26, 2014). "Debbie Dingell Eyes Historic Win in 2014". Smart Politics. 
  17. ^Catalina Camia, USA TODAY (November 2, 2014). "Women poised to break glass ceiling on Election Day". Retrieved November 25, 2014. 
  18. ^"Caucus Members". Congressional Progressive Caucus. Retrieved 25 October 2017. 

External links[edit]

Dingell with her husband John in 2011
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