Debbie Dingell

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Debbie Dingell is a superdelegate in the 2008 Democratic nomination.

Debbie Dingell (her full name is Deborah Insley Dingell) is a superdelegate in the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination. She is Executive Director of Public Affairs and Community Relations for General Motors and Vice Chairman of General Motors Foundation. She is married to John Dingell, who is a Democratic member of the U. S. House of Representatives.[1]

In November 2008, a New York Times article described her as the "most familiar face in Washington" for General Motors. "She does not lobby Congress or the administration on G.M.’s behalf, but she makes the case for the company, the auto industry and the state of Michigan in public and in private," John M. Broder and Carl Hulse reported.[2]


A 2006 biographical note states that she "began her career with General Motors Corporation in 1977 and has had various responsibilities within the Corporation during her tenure. Mrs. Dingell previously worked for Senator Robert P. Griffin ... Much of her recent work has been focused on ethical issues and social responsibility as it relates to government and business."[1]

The biographical note states that she "was the Founding Chair of the National Women’s Health Resource Center in Washington, D.C. In this capacity, she testified before Congress on women’s critical health issues. Mrs. Dingell is a member of the NIH Advisory Panel for Women’s Research; the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C.; the Advisory Board for the Michigan Women’s Foundation; the Advisory Committee for the Michigan Women’s Economic Club; and the Advisory Board of the Susan B. Koman Foundation. She chaired the Michigan’s Infant Mortality Task Force in the early 90s, and Baby Your Baby, a two-year Public Education Campaign which resulted in reduced infant mortality rates in Michigan. She is a co-founder of the Children’s Inn at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, a home away from home for critically ill children and currently serves as President-elect."[1]

"Mrs. Dingell is Vice Chair of the Barbara Karmanos Cancer Center and serves on the Executive Committee where she Co-Chairs the Breast Cancer Committee and the Government Relations Committee. She also chairs the Friends of Wayne County Park, is President of the Dearborn Goodfellows, Vice Chair of the U.S. House of Representatives Members and Family Committee, and is Vice President of the U.S. House of Representatives Child Day Care Center. In addition, she is a Regent of Georgetown University and a member of the Wayne County Airport Commission. Mrs. Dingell is a Board Member of the following organizations and institutions: The Parade Company; Georgetown University Business School; ACCESS (the Arab Social Services Group); The Detroit Area Leukemia Society; Henry Ford Health System; the Detroit Area March of Dimes; the Greater Detroit Area Boy Scout Council; the Southeastern Michigan Chapter of Girls Scouts of America; The Southeastern YWCA, Southeastern Michigan Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Washington Performing Arts Society and, The Fisher-Insley Foundation," it states.[1]

"Mrs. Dingell is a member of the Democratic National Committee from Michigan and successfully chaired Vice President Al Gore’s campaign in Michigan in 2000. As a respected, bi-partisan voice, she is a regular contributor to the Fox News Channel, as well as several local media programs in Michigan and Washington, D.C. She is included in Washingtonian’s 2006 100 most influential women in Washington, DC and Detroit Crain’s listing of the 100 most influential women in Michigan. Mrs. Dingell is a graduate of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. She received her Masters in Liberal Studies from Georgetown University in 1998 She is married to Congressman John D. Dingell of Michigan," it states.[1]


2008 superdelegate

This information was gathered by volunteer researchers as part of the Superdelegate Transparency Project on the superdelegates for the 2008 Democratic presidential primary. For more info see the Michigan superdelegate tracker or visit the STP homepage.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "About Debbie", Debbie Dingell for Wayne State Board of Governors, September 2006.
  2. John M. Broder and Carl Hulse, "Behind House Struggle, Long and Tangled Roots", New York Times, November 22, 2008.
  3. National Advisory Board, Arab American National Museum, accessed December 5, 2008.

External resources

  • DemConWatch - A very comprehensive list of superdelegates and known commitments. Please use this as a starting point and double check by doing a news search to make sure the data is accurate. If you have a tip, let them know.
  • - Web site with full listing of superdelegates broken out by state and then type.

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