Newly elected Dearborn Democrat Debbie Dingell said she wants to form a Michigan coalition in the U.S. House of Representatives once she gets to Washington.

“Let’s find the ways to work together. I think we should have a Michigan agenda,” Dingell said during an interview on the Paul W. Smith Show on WJR News/Talk 760 Wednesday morning. “Let’s all get in a rowboat and row in the same direction.”

Dingell received 65 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s election to secure the 12th District seat from her retiring husband John Dingell. She defeated Republican candidate Terry Bowman, who received 35 percent of the vote.

Dingell’s victory ensures the family will have held a seat in Congress for more than 80 years. John Dingell Sr. was elected in 1933, his son, John Jr., took over and will retire at the end of this term.

Debbie Dingell said she had spoken to 11th District winner Republican Dave Trott and asked if he wanted to hold some roundtables.

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