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Detroit Regional Chamber’s Political Action Committee Releases Endorsements for U.S. House of Representatives

DETROIT, June 22, 2018 – Today, the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Political Action Committee (PAC) announced endorsements for the U.S. House of Representatives.

“As we did with the bipartisan gubernatorial debate, the Chamber PAC wants to help Michigan elect the candidates that will be best for the state and its communities,” said Brad Williams, vice president of Government Relations for the Detroit Regional Chamber. “We believe these candidates have the best track record to represent the needs of the state and business community successfully.”

“The Chamber PAC’s Board of Directors regularly meet to identify and support pro-economic development candidates and policies that are critical to the Chamber’s public policy priorities,” said Hank Cooney, chairman of the Chamber PAC Board. “After careful consideration, the Board made endorsements based on responses to a Chamber PAC survey, input from PAC members, and personal interviews with leading candidates interested in the Chamber’s endorsement.”


1st Congressional District: Rep. Jack Bergman (R-Watersmeet)
“Rep. Bergman has served with distinction in his first term. His advocacy on behalf of a modernized Soo Locks will benefit Michigan and the entire Great Lakes Region,” said Williams.

2nd Congressional District: Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-Zeeland)
“Rep. Huizenga is a powerful voice for his constituents on the west side of the state and his advocacy for Michigan as a leader on the Financial Services Committee benefits all Michigan businesses,” said Williams.

4th Congressional District: Rep. John Moolenaar (R-Midland)
“Michigan is fortunate to have a leader like John Moolenaar representing our interests on the Appropriations Committee. His willingness to collaborate with his Michigan colleagues creates a cohesive Michigan delegation that delivers for the state,” said Williams.

5th Congressional District: Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint Township)
“Rep. Kildee is a passionate voice for his district, particularly the city of Flint, and has helped bring needed resources to help the city recover,” said Williams.

6th Congressional District: Rep. Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph)
“Michigan benefits from having members of the House like Rep. Upton, who has the respect on both sides of the aisle and is in a senior position on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which strengthens Michigan’s voice in the national dialogue,” said Williams.

7th Congressional District: Rep. Tim Walberg (R-Tipton)
“Rep. Walberg’s position on both the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the House Education and Workforce Committee, have allowed him to have a laser focus on the issues most pressing to business in our region,” said Williams.

8th Congressional District: Rep. Mike Bishop (R-Rochester Hills)
“From his position on the House Ways and Means Committee, Rep. Bishop promoted Michigan’s priorities and delivered for our region’s businesses when passing tax reform legislation,” said Williams.

9th Congressional District:
Democratic Primary: Andy Levin (D-Bloomfield Township)
“The Levin family has served our region with distinction for decades. Andy Levin’s experience as an entrepreneur who reinvented Michigan’s workforce development system makes him uniquely qualified to continue his family’s long tradition of honorable public service,” said Cooney. “Businesses and residents will be well served by his ability to bring private and public-sector experience to Capitol Hill.”

10th Congressional District: Rep. Paul Mitchell (R-Dryden Township)
“Rep. Mitchell is working hard on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to build and repair the infrastructure upon which Michigan businesses depend,” said Williams.

11th Congressional District:
Democratic Primary: Rep. Tim Greimel (D-Auburn Hills)
“Michigan needs proven leaders who can reach across the aisle to create policies that grow our economy. Rep. Greimel has proven during his six years in the Michigan House of Representatives that he works for common sense solutions to the state’s biggest challenges,” said Williams.

Republican Primary: Sen. Mike Kowall (R-White Lake)
“As a leader of the Michigan Automotive Caucus, Sen. Kowall understands our state’s unique value and assets for the industry’s future. He will be an important voice in Congress as Michigan and the United States continue to lead in connected and automated vehicle research and development,” said Cooney.

12th Congressional District: Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn)
“As a former member of the Detroit Regional Chamber Board of Directors, Rep. Dingell has embraced the bipartisan ethos of the Chamber to bring the Michigan delegation together on issues ranging from opioids, to the Soo Locks and immigration reform. We are fortunate to have her as a member of Congress,” said Williams.

13th Congressional District: Sen. Ian Conyers (D-Detroit)
“Sen. Conyers’ grasp of the complex issues that face the 13th District will serve him well in Congress,” said Williams. “As a professional in urban planning and transportation prior to his service in the Legislature, we look forward to partnering with Sen. Conyers to solve the transportation and mobility needs that have been troubling our region for far too long.”

14th Congressional District: Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-Southfield)
“Rep. Lawrence has a strong voice on behalf of her constituents and the region. The Chamber is grateful for her work on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to address the transportation and mobility needs of our region,” said Williams.

About the Detroit Regional Chamber PAC

The Detroit Regional Chamber Political Action Committee (PAC) was the first major organization to announce its support for Gov. Rick Snyder in the 2010 Republican primary and Mayor Mike Duggan’s write-in campaign in the 2013 Detroit mayoral primary. The Chamber PAC prides itself on being one of the most sought after, bipartisan endorsements in Michigan and focuses in large part on candidates’ stances on business issues and the potential to represent the regional business community.

About the Detroit Regional Chamber

Serving the business community for more than 100 years, the Detroit Regional Chamber is one of the oldest, largest and most respected chambers of commerce in the country. As the voice for business in the 11-county Southeast Michigan region, the Chamber’s mission is carried out through creating a business-friendly climate and value for members, leading a robust economic development strategy, and convening Michigan’s most influential audience at the nationally unique Mackinac Policy Conference.