congressmen en Interview with Congressman Gary Peters <p>Cyndi talked with Michigan Congressman Gary Peters (D) today.</p><p>Peters is the new co-chair of the House Automotive Caucus along with Republican Congressman John Campbell (R-CA).</p><p>Peters talked about what it's like in a bi-partisan caucus and what it might mean for Michigan and the auto industry.</p><p><em>Click the audio above to hear the full interview.</em></p><p></p><p><a href="" target="_blank"> Mon, 04 Mar 2013 22:23:45 +0000 Stateside Staff 11510 at Interview with Congressman Gary Peters Get to know your Representative in D.C. <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Michigan's congressional delegation is getting a makeover. One-third of its 15 members will be new when they're <a href="">sworn in later this afternoon at the Capitol</a>.&nbsp; Here's a rundown of who is in... and who is out:</p><p><strong>1st District</strong></p><p>Republican Dan Benishek won the race to succeed veteran Democrat Bart Stupak in Michigan’s 1st District which covers all of the Upper Peninsula and parts of the northern Lower Peninsula. Stupak announced last April that he would not seek a 10th term in Washington. Benishek was a Tea-Party favorite and was endorsed by former Alaska governor Sarah Palin.</p><p><strong>2nd District</strong></p><p>Republican Bill Huizenga beat Democrat Fred Johnson in Michigan’s 3rd District in western Michigan.&nbsp; Huizenga takes the seat left open by Republican Pete Hoekstra who was a GOP candidate for governor in the state’s 2010 primary.</p><p><strong>3rd District</strong></p><p>West Michigan freshman state lawmaker Justin Amash beat his Democratic challenger Pat Miles in Michigan’s 3rd District which covers parts of west Michigan. At 30 years old, Amash will become one of the nation’s youngest U.S. Congressmen.&nbsp; He had Tea-Party backing.</p><p><strong>4th District</strong></p><p>Republican Dave Camp won an 11th term as Representative of Michigan’s 4th District.&nbsp; Camp beat his democrat challenger Jerry Campbell.&nbsp; The 4th District includes parts of Saginaw County, as well as northern and central Michigan. Wed, 05 Jan 2011 13:19:58 +0000 Zoe Clark 751 at Get to know your Representative in D.C. Congressman Hoekstra condemns Wikileaks <p>Michigan Congressman <a href="">Pete Hoekstra</a> is <a href="">condemning</a> the latest <a href="">Wikileaks disclosure</a> of thousands of classified documents.</p><p>Republican Hoekstra, who represents Michigan’s 2<sup>nd</sup> District, says the leaks undermine U.S. credibility in the world.</p><p>The Associated Press <a href="">reported</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Hoekstra said the disclosure of previously secret diplomatic cables, documents and e-mails secrets puts America's diplomats in "a very awkward position." He said some of the material in the roughly 250,000 released documents is "gossip," but added that there's also material on supersensitive negotiations between the United States and Pakistan on a deal aimed at controlling nuclear proliferation.</p></blockquote><p>Hoekstra, who appeared this morning on CBS's "The Early Show" and ABC's "Good Morning America," is urging the Obama administration to classify Wikileaks as a terrorist organization. Mon, 29 Nov 2010 17:19:39 +0000 Zoe Clark 393 at Congressman Hoekstra condemns Wikileaks Michigan's freshmen in D.C. <p>It’s Freshmen Orientation today. Congressional freshmen, that is. As Bloomberg News <a href="">reports</a>:</p><blockquote><p>The 2011 U.S. House freshman class is in Washington for orientation as Congress today opens a lame-duck session to decide whether to extend billions of dollars in Bush-era income-tax cuts.</p></blockquote><p>Michigan has five new U.S. Representatives: Republicans <a href="">Dan Benishek</a> (1<sup>st</sup> District), <a href="">Bill Huizenga</a> (2<sup>nd</sup> District), <a href="">Justin Amash</a> (3<sup>rd</sup> District), <a href="">Tim Walberg</a> (7<sup>th</sup> District), and Democrat <a href="">Hansen Clarke</a> (13<sup>th</sup> District).&nbsp;</p><p>This will actually be Walberg’s 2<sup>nd</sup> orientation as he was first elected to represent the 7<sup>th</sup> District in 2006.&nbsp; He then lost the seat in 2008 to Democrat Mark Schauer but won it back on November 2<sup>nd</sup>.</p><p>The Detroit News <a href="">reports</a>:</p><blockquote><p>During the 112th Congress orientation, newly elected members learn the ropes in Washington, from legal issues and standards of conduct to understanding pay and benefits and setting up their offices. Newcomers will pose for a class photo on the Capitol lawn, attend receptions and pick their offices. Mon, 15 Nov 2010 16:11:47 +0000 Zoe Clark 322 at Michigan's freshmen in D.C.