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Michigan - 15th District

Incumbent -- John D. Dingell (D) ; Running for re-election

Safe Democratic
Race Ratings Key
 

CQ Politics rates this race as "Safe," meaning the incumbent party is virtually certain to win the seat.

 

District Information

District Profile from Politics in America

Situated in Michigan's southeast corner west and south of Detroit, the 15th's flat land contains a mix of academics, engineers and auto workers. GOP votes from the 15th's rural farming communities in the southwest are overshadowed by blue-collar strongholds in Wayne County's urban areas, as well as Ann Arbor, and Democrat Barack Obama carried the district with 66 percent of the 2008 presidential vote.

Home to the University of Michigan in the 15th's northwest corner in Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor is one of Michigan's most progressive cities and has remained stable in the face of significant economic pressure. A high standard of living, a strong medical research sector and a highly educated workforce make Ann Arbor a gem in an ailing state. Overall, the city gave Obama 82 percent of its presidential vote in 2008. Despite some plant closings, Ann Arbor has avoided widespread job losses by relying on expansions at the university and in the private sector at employers such as Google's AdWords, a company advertising vehicle.

Ypsilanti, the working-class town southeast of Ann Arbor, is home to Eastern Michigan University and reliably backs Democrats. Engineering and robotics firms have emerged south and east of Ann Arbor, developing highly skilled and computerized auto manufacturing.

A little less than 40 percent of the 15th's residents live in the reliably Democratic Wayne County suburbs, including Taylor, located a few miles east of Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport in Romulus. Local officials hope to spur job growth in developments between Metro Airport and nearby Willow Run Airport. Dearborn, the western third of which is in the 15th, Dearborn Heights (shared with the 11th) and Inkster form the district's northeast corner. Monroe County, south of Wayne and Washtenaw, abuts Lake Erie to the east and the Toledo area to the south.

Major Industry

Auto and auto parts manufacturing, higher education, medical research, steel

Cities

Ann Arbor (pt.), 113,929; Taylor, 63,131; Dearborn Heights (pt.), 44,151; Dearborn (pt.), 32,629; Inkster, 25,369; Romulus, 23,989; Monroe, 20,733

notable

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory is in Ann Arbor.

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