Sketches of Michigan's congressional delegation

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Michigan's U.S. House delegation:

1ST DISTRICT:

NAME: Dan Benishek

AGE: 58 (Born April 20, 1952)

RESIDENCE: Crystal Falls

PARTY: Republican

EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree in biology, University of Michigan, 1974; medical degree, Wayne State University, 1978.

POLITICAL CAREER: Has not previously run for political office.

PROFESSIONAL CAREER: General surgeon in Iron Mountain, 1983-present.

PERSONAL: Married to Judy; five children.

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2ND DISTRICT:

NAME: Bill Huizenga

AGE: 41 (Born Jan. 31, 1969)

RESIDENCE: Zeeland

PARTY: Republican

EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree in political science, Calvin College, 1992.

POLITICAL CAREER: 2nd Congressional District Republican Party chairman, 2007-08; state representative, 2003-08; district director for U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra, 1996-2002.

PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Co-owner, Huizenga Gravel Inc. in Jenison, 1998-present; director of advancement and promotion, Zeeland Christian School, 2008-present; licensed Realtor and developer, 1993-99.

PERSONAL: Married to Natalie; five children.

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3RD DISTRICT:

NAME: Justin Amash

AGE: 30 (Born April 18, 1980)

RESIDENCE: Kent County's Cascade Township

PARTY: Republican

EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree in economics, University of Michigan, 2002; law degree, University of Michigan, 2005.

POLITICAL CAREER: State representative, 2009-present.

PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Consultant, Michigan Industrial Tools, 2005-present; business lawyer, Varnum LLP, 2006-07.

PERSONAL: Married to Kara; three children.

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4TH DISTRICT:

NAME: Dave Camp

AGE: 57 (Born July 9, 1953)

RESIDENCE: Midland

PARTY: Republican

EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree in economics, Albion College, 1975; law degree, University of California at San Diego, 1978. POLITICAL CAREER: U.S. House member, 1991-present; state representative, 1989-90; administrative assistant for U.S. Rep. Bill Schuette, 1984-86; special assistant state attorney general, 1980-84.

PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Attorney with firm now known as Riecker, George, Van Dam, Camp & Gannon, 1978-90.

PERSONAL: Married to Nancy; three children.

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5TH DISTRICT:

NAME: Dale Kildee

AGE: 81 (Born Sept. 16, 1929)

RESIDENCE: Flint

PARTY: Democratic

EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree, Sacred Heart Seminary; teaching certificate, University of Detroit; master's degree, University of Michigan.

POLITICAL CAREER: U.S. House member, 1977-present; state senator, 1975-77; state representative, 1965-75.

PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Teacher at Flint Central High School, 1956-64, and University of Detroit High School, 1954-56.

PERSONAL: Married to Gayle C. Heyn; three children.

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6TH DISTRICT:

NAME: Fred Upton

AGE: 57 (Born April 23, 1953)

RESIDENCE: St. Joseph

PARTY: Republican

EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree in journalism, University of Michigan, 1975.

POLITICAL CAREER: U.S. House member, 1987-present; director of legislative affairs, Office of Management and Budget, 1981-86; aide to U.S. Rep. David Stockman, 1975-81.

PERSONAL: Married to Amey; two children.

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7TH DISTRICT:

NAME: Tim Walberg

AGE: 59 (Born April 12, 1951)

RESIDENCE: Tipton

PARTY: Republican

EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree in religious education, Taylor University in Fort Wayne, Ind., 1975; master's degree in communications, Wheaton (Ill.) College, 1978.

POLITICAL CAREER: U.S. House member, 2007-08; state representative, 1983-98.

PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Division manager, Moody Bible Institute, 2000-06; president, Walter Reuther Center for Education and Community Impact, 1999-2000; pastor, Union Gospel Church in Tipton, 1978-83; pastor, Grace Fellowship Church in New Haven, Ind., 1973-77.

PERSONAL: Married to Sue; three children.

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8TH DISTRICT:

NAME: Mike Rogers

AGE: 47 (Born June 2, 1963)

RESIDENCE: Howell

PARTY: Republican

EDUCATION: Attended the University of Michigan as a member of the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps, 1982-85; bachelor's degree in sociology and criminal justice, Adrian College, 1985.

POLITICAL CAREER: U.S. House member, 2001-present; state senator, 1995-2000.

PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Co-founder, E.B.I. Builders Inc.; FBI agent in organized crime unit, 1988-94; U.S. Army officer-company commander, 1985-88.

PERSONAL: Married; two children.

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9TH DISTRICT:

NAME: Gary Peters

AGE: 52 (Born Dec. 1, 1958)

RESIDENCE: Oakland County's Bloomfield Township

PARTY: Democratic

EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree in political science, Alma College, 1980; master's degree in business administration, University of Detroit Mercy, 1984; law degree, Wayne State University, 1989; master's degree in philosophy, Michigan State University, 2007.

POLITICAL CAREER: U.S. House member, 2009-present; Michigan lottery commissioner, 2003-07; state senator, 1995-2002; Rochester Hills city councilman, 1991-93; ran unsuccessfully for state Senate, 1990.

PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Griffin Endowed Chair of American Government, Central Michigan University, 2007-10; lieutenant commander, U.S. Naval Reserve, 1993-2005; adjunct professor of finance, Wayne State University, 1992-94; adjunct professor of strategic management, Oakland University, 1992-94; securities arbitrator and vice president-investments, UBS PaineWebber, 1989-2003; assistant vice president, Merrill Lynch, 1980-89.

PERSONAL: Married to Colleen Ochoa; three children.

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10TH DISTRICT:

NAME: Candice S. Miller

AGE: 56 (Born May 7, 1954)

RESIDENCE: Macomb County's Harrison Township

PARTY: Republican

EDUCATION: Attended Northwood University and Macomb Community College.

POLITICAL CAREER: U.S. House member, 2003-present; Michigan secretary of state, 1995-2002; Macomb County treasurer, 1993-94; Harrison Township supervisor, 1981-92; Harrison Township trustee, 1979-80

PERSONAL: Married to Donald; one child.

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11TH DISTRICT:

NAME: Thaddeus G. McCotter

AGE: 45 (Born Aug. 22, 1965)

RESIDENCE: Livonia

PARTY: Republican

EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree, University of Detroit, 1987; law degree, University of Detroit, 1990.

POLITICAL CAREER: U.S. House member, 2003-present; state senator, 1999-2002; Wayne County commissioner, 1992-98; Schoolcraft Community College trustee, 1989.

PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Attorney.

PERSONAL: Married to Rita Michel; three children.

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12TH DISTRICT:

NAME: Sander Levin

AGE: 79 (Born Sept. 6, 1931)

RESIDENCE: Royal Oak

PARTY: Democratic

EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree, University of Chicago, 1952; master's degree in international relations, Columbia University, 1954; law degree, Harvard University, 1957.

POLITICAL CAREER: U.S. House member, 1983-present; ran unsuccessfully for governor in 1970, 1974; state senator, 1965-70; Michigan Democratic Party chairman, 1968-69; Oakland County Board of Supervisors, 1961-64.

PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Assistant administrator, Agency for International Development, 1977-81; Fellow, Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, 1975; practiced corporate and commercial law and taught at Wayne State University, 1971-74; attorney, 1957-64.

PERSONAL: Wife, Vicki, died in 2008; four children.

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13TH DISTRICT:

NAME: Hansen Clarke

AGE: 53 (Born March 2, 1957)

RESIDENCE: Detroit

PARTY: Democratic

EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree in painting, Cornell University, 1984; law degree, Georgetown University, 1987.

POLITICAL CAREER: State senator, 2002-present; state representative, 1990-92, 1998-2002; associate Wayne County executive and administrator in Wayne County government, 1993-98; chief of staff to U.S. Rep. John Conyers Jr., 1989-90; executive assistant to the Wayne County executive, 1988.

PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Attorney, 1988-present.

PERSONAL: Married to Choi Palms-Cohen.

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14TH DISTRICT:

NAME: John Conyers Jr.

AGE: 81 (Born May 16, 1929)

RESIDENCE: Detroit

PARTY: Democratic

EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree, Wayne State University, 1957; law degree, Wayne State University, 1958.

POLITICAL CAREER: U.S. House member, 1965-present; legislative assistant to U.S. Rep. John Dingell, 1958-61.

PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Referee, state Worker's Compensation Department, 1961-63; partner, law firm of Conyers, Bell and Townsend, 1959-61; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, including a year in Korea, 1950-54.

PERSONAL: Married to Monica; two children.

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15TH DISTRICT:

NAME: John D. Dingell

AGE: 84 (Born July 8, 1926)

RESIDENCE: Dearborn

PARTY: Democratic

EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree in chemistry, Georgetown University, 1949; law degree, Georgetown University, 1952.

POLITICAL CAREER: U.S. House member, 1955-present.

PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Prosecuting attorney, Wayne County, 1952-55; park ranger, 1948-52; U.S. Army, second lieutenant, 1944-46.

PERSONAL: Married to Debbie; four children.

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Michigan's U.S. Senators:

NAME: Carl M. Levin

PARTY: Democrat

AGE: 76 (Born June 28, 1934)

RESIDENCE: Detroit

EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree, Swarthmore College, 1956; law degree, Harvard University, 1959.

RELIGION: Jewish

POLITICAL CAREER: U.S. Senate, 1979-present; Detroit City Council, 1970-78.

PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Special assistant attorney general and chief appellate attorney for Defender's Office of Legal Aid and Defender Association of Detroit, 1968-69; assistant state attorney general and counsel for Michigan Civil Rights Commission, 1964-67; private law practice and instructor at University of Detroit and Wayne State University, 1959-1964.

PERSONAL: Married; three adult children.

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NAME: Deborah Ann Stabenow.

AGE: 60 (Born April 29, 1950)

RESIDENCE: Lansing

PARTY: Democrat

EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree, Michigan State University, 1972; master's degree in social work, Michigan State University, 1975.

CAREER: U.S. Senate, 2001-present; U.S. House, 1997-2000; Michigan Leadership Institute, 1995-96; Michigan Senate, 1991-94; Michigan House, 1979-90; chairwoman, Ingham County Board of Commissioners, 1975-78.

PERSONAL: Divorced; two children.

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