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Newly elected, Rep. Debbie Dingell shares her goals for Washington

Nov 5, 2014

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Michigan will send the same number of Democrats and Republicans to Washington.

The state will send nine Republicans and five Democrats to the U.S. House. New Congressional faces include Republicans David Trott, Mike Bishop and John Moolenaar. And Democrats Brenda Lawrence and Debbie Dingell.

Debbie Dingell discusses her goals and expectations as a new representative in the U.S. House.

Dingell is taking over the 12th District from her husband John Dingell, who will retire at the end of this term.

The first issue Rep. Dingell wants to tackle is working with her other colleagues in the Michigan delegation to figure out a Michigan agenda.

Some goals Rep. Dingell believes she and her Republican colleagues can agree on are focusing on the manufacturing sector, job creation, the auto industry, and education.

Dingell says she differs from her Republican colleagues on healthcare.

“I believe if you are born in America, you should not have to worry about whether you can afford to go to the doctor or afford your medicine,” she says.

Dingell says she hopes to build trust with Republicans which she says needs to be done in incremental ways by building relationships and trust for each other.

Rep. Dingell says that speaking with her constituents while campaigning gave her an idea of what is expected of her. The expectations include fixing Michigan's roads and infrastructure, and immigration reform wanted by businesseses to increase employment.

*Listen to our conversation with Rep. Dingell above.