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Michigan's 15th congressional district
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Current Representative John Dingell (D)
Population (2000) 662,563
Median income $48,963
Ethnicity 80.9% White, 11.8% Black, 3.8% Asian, 2.8% Hispanic, 0.4% Native American, 1.9% other
Cook PVI D+13
The 15th district boundaries for the 106th Congress, prior to redistricting in 2002

United States House of Representatives, Michigan District 15 is a district in parts of Washtenaw and Wayne counties, and all of Monroe County. It includes the southwest suburbs of Detroit such as Romulus, Taylor, Inkster, and Dearborn Heights. It also includes the western portion of Dearborn. The most populous city to lie entirely in the district is Ann Arbor.

The district's politics have been dominated by the Dingell family since its creation after the 1930 United States Census. Its first congressman, John D. Dingell, Sr., was elected in 1932 and served until his death in 1955. His son, John, Jr. won a special election to succeed him and has held it ever since. John, Jr. is the current Dean (longest-serving member) of the House of Representatives.

The 15th district, which contains the university towns of Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti (in which the University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University, respectively), has left-of-center voting tendencies. Its Cook PVI rating is D+13, meaning it supports Democratic candidates at a rate of 13 percentage points greater than the national average.

In 2002 redistricting, two liberal Democratic incumbents were thrown into the district. Lynn N. Rivers tried but failed to beat Dingell in the primary.

Along with the 1st district and the now-defunct 16th district, the 15th has been historically frequently represented by politicians of Polish descent. Three of the district's six elected representatives (Dingell Jr. was elected twice and before that he was a representative from 16th district, which was later dissolved) have been Polish-Americans.

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List of Representatives

Representative Party Tenure Congress Note
District Created March 3, 1933
John D. Dingell, Sr. Democratic March 3, 1933 – September 19, 1955 73rd
74th
75th
76th
77th
78th
79th
80th
81st
82nd
83rd
84th
Died
Vacant September 19, 1955 – December 13, 1955 84th
John Dingell, Jr. Democratic December 13, 1955 – January 3, 1965 84th
85th
86th
87th
88th
Redistricted to the 16th district
William D. Ford Democratic January 3, 1965 – January 3, 1993 89th
90th
91st
92nd
93rd
94th
95th
96th
97th
98th
99th
100th
101st
102nd
Redistricted to the 13th district
Barbara-Rose Collins Democratic January 3, 1993 – January 3, 1997 103rd
104th
Redistricted from the 13th district;
Lost renomination
Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick Democratic January 3, 1997 – January 3, 2003 105th
106th
107th
Redistricted to the 13th district
John Dingell, Jr. Democratic January 3, 2003 – present 108th
109th
110th
111th
Redistricted from the 16th district, Incumbent

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