Deborah Ann Dingell is an American politician who represents Michigan’s 12th congressional district for the U.S. House of Representatives. Dingell’s participation with various charitable causes and organizations has made her one of the most influential philanthropists in the nation.
The Early Years of Debbie Dingell
Debbie Dingell was born as Deborah Ann Insley on November 23, 1953, in Detroit, Michigan. Dingell once recalled that her father was addicted to non-prescribed medicines while she was growing up in Detroit. Growing up with an addicted head of the family put a lot of pressure and stress on a young Debbie. Mr. Insley eventually lapsed from his addiction problems but Debbie has said she remembers her father’s pre- sober phase every time she visits a drug store. Mr. Insley’s unexpected
mood swings had a very profound effect on the Insley family: both psychological and economical. Debbie has since advocated for the awareness for mental illness especially depression which she thinks was the main reason behind her father’s illness. The Insley family was a supporter of the Republican Party.
The Career of Debbie Dingell
Debbie Dingell graduated from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Dingell then served as president of General Motors before her personal life prompted her to pursue a career in governmental services and politics. Debbie Dingell was named the chair for Vice President Al Gore’s campaign in Michigan in 2004. Debbie then helped secure John Kerry his 2004 Democratic primary and general election vote. She would even serve as a superdelegate for the
2012 Democratic National Convention.
Debbie’s influential status in her home state of Michigan catapulted her to be a member of the United States House of Representative. Dingell holds the record of the longest serving member for the administrative body. Following her eventual retirement from the House of Representative in 2015, Debbie Dingell expressed her interest in running for the Senate. Although she was predicted as a frontrunner in the absence of a worthy contender, Dingell would decide not to run for the
This weekend we celebrate #WomensEqualityDay and 99 years since women gained the right to vote. But our work toward full equality is not over. When women fight, we WIN. The fight continues to protect the right to vote and ALL women’s rights! pic.twitter.com/roduHCb2fk
— Rep. Debbie Dingell (@RepDebDingell) August 26, 2018
Debbie succeeded her seat in the Congress following the resignation of John Dingell, her husband. This made Debbie Dingell became the first U.S. non-widowed woman to succeed her husband in Congress. She defeated Republican candidate Terry Bowman at the 2014 elections to secure her position.
Debbie’s beyond Politics
Apart from her works in politics, Dingell is a well–respected philanthropist. Dingell’s eminent participation with various charities in the Michigan and D.C region has made her one of the most respected people in the area. Debbie founded the National Women’s Health Resource Centre and the Children’s Inn at the National Institutes of Health and also served as the chair for the former. Dingell is also a member of the Board of Directors for Vital Voices Global Partnership, a non-governmental organization that works with women leaders for in areas of economic empowerment and human rights.
In the Personal Life & Net Worth of Debbie Dingell
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Deborah Ann Insley married Michigan Congressman John Dingell in 1981. John, who is 28 years older than Debbie, influenced her to become a Democrat.
Debbie Dingell has amassed a speculated net worth of around $4 million dollars. In 2014, Dingell was reported to be the 80th richest congressperson in the USA.