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Michigan's 13th congressional district

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Michigan's 13th congressional district
Interactive map of district boundaries since January 3, 2023
  Shri Thanedar
  • 100.00% urban
  • 0.00% rural
Population (2021)752,657
Median household
Cook PVID+23[2]

Michigan's 13th congressional district is a United States congressional district in Wayne County, Michigan. It is currently represented by Democrat Shri Thanedar.

The district includes portions of Detroit and some of its suburbs, and since the 2012 redistricting, has been the only congressional district in Michigan to be contained within a single county.[3] District boundaries were redrawn in 1993, 2003, 2013, and 2023 due to reapportionment following each respective census.

Before 1992, the 13th congressional district was a Detroit-based district represented by Barbara-Rose Collins. Besides Downtown Detroit, the south-west portion of the city, Mid-town, areas south of Highland Park, and the southern East Side, the district also included Grosse Pointe Park and Grosse Pointe City. During the 1980s, the 13th congressional district lost the most population out of any district in Michigan. However, due to the common interpretation of the Voting Rights Act, which mandates multiple districts in areas with racial majority-minority populations, it was not eliminated in the 1992 redistricting, only renumbered as the 15th district.

A special election was held on November 6, 2018, following the resignation of Representative John Conyers. Brenda Jones won the special election to fill the remainder of Conyers term in the 115th Congress. Democrat Rashida Tlaib won the regular election for the term in the 116th Congress.[4] Tlaib was redrawn into the 12th district after the 2020 redistricting cycle.[5]



2002 redistricting

Following the 2000 census, the congressional apportionment for Michigan was reduced by one and redistricting resulted in the land area of the 13th district (as well as several others) changing significantly. Prior to 2002, the 13th district encompassed a large portion of western Wayne County and part of eastern Washtenaw County. Following redistricting, the new 13th district incorporated most of what had formerly been the 15th district, as well as a large portion of the 14th district and part of the 16th district.

Before redistricting, the old 15th district included Lincoln Park, Ecorse, River Rouge, Hamtramck, Grosse Pointe Park, Grosse Pointe Shores, and Grosse Pointe Farms. It also included all Detroit south and east of a line beginning at the point where Greenfield Road intersects the Dearborn border, heading north along Greenfield until it reached Lyndon Avenue. At Lyndon the line headed east to Livernois, although there was a small area on the south side of Lyndon just east of Schaffer Avenue that was in the 14th district. The boundary line then went about a block south on Livernois until it reached Doris Avenue. It followed Doris to Linwood Avenue (not to be confused with Lyndon Avenue) where it went not even a normal block's length south to go on Oakman Blvd. until it reached the Highland Park City line. The boundary ran along the west and south sides of Highland Park until the point where Highland Park meets Hamtramck. From that point, the boundary ran along the western and northern boundary of Hamtramck and then the eastern boundary of Hamtramck, until the point where the boundary intersected Brockton, which was then followed in a north-easterly direction until the intersection of Brockton and Mt. Elliot. At Mt. Elliot the boundary turned south until intersected Georgia Avenue, and then proceeded east along Georgia Avenue. Where the boundary intersected Van Dyke Avenue it turned north until it intersected Ginnell Avenue, where it again turned east. The boundary followed Grinnell Avenue until it intersected Harding Avenue, where it turned southeast for a block to where it intersected Gratiot and then turned to go Northeast.

The boundary followed Gratiot until it intersected Houston Whittier St, at which point it again turned east, following Houston Whittier until intersecting Kelly Road. The boundary then followed Kelly Road in a northeasterly direction until the intersection of Grayton Road, which went east by southeast. It followed Grayton until intersecting I-94 which it essentially followed north-eastward until it intersected the Grosse Pointe line.[6]

The simple differences between the old 15th and the new 13th districts are that the new 13th includes Grosse Pointe Shores, Grosse Pointe Woods and Harper Woods as well as Wyandotte, and no longer includes Hamtramck. The change in its part of Detroit is harder to explain, but it now touches 8 Mile Road. The portion of the district north of Tireman and west of Livernois has been moved to the 14th district. East of Livernois the boundary has been moved about 12 blocks south to about Courtland Street. It generally follows this line until intersecting with the Highland Park border. Highland Park remains in the 14th district. Hamtramck's western border where it touches Detroit and then its southern border forms the district line. This is then true of Hamtramck's eastern border, and then its northern border until this intersects Conant. Where the northern border of Hamtramck goes east of Conant, Conant becomes the western border of the 13th district. The boundary then follows Conant in a northeastward direction until it intersects Dequindre which it follows to Eight Mile. Thus the area north of the old district line east of Conant was all transferred from the 14th district to the 13th district.

The district's area had a population that was 60.8% African American in 2000, which was down from 69.9% African American in the old 15th district in 2000. The area of the 15th district had been 70% African-American in 1990. These figures are not 100% comparable since the 1990 census did not allow marking more than one race while the 2000 census did.

Election results from statewide races

Year Results
1992 Clinton 49%–34%
1996 Clinton 58%–33%
2000 Gore 80%–19%
2004 Kerry 81%–19%
2008 Obama 85%–15%
2012 Obama 85%–14%
2016 Clinton 79%–18%
2018 Senate Stabenow 80%–18%
2018 Governor Whitmer 81%–16%
2020 Biden 79%–20%
Proposal 3 Yes Yes 72.1% – 27.9%

List of members representing the district

Representative Party Years Cong
Electoral history District map
District created March 4, 1915

Charles A. Nichols
Republican March 4, 1915 –
April 25, 1920
Elected in 1914.
Re-elected in 1916.
Re-elected in 1918.
[data unknown/missing]
Vacant April 25, 1920 –
November 2, 1920

Clarence J. McLeod
Republican November 2, 1920 –
March 3, 1921
Elected to finish Nichols's term.
[data unknown/missing]

Vincent M. Brennan
Republican March 4, 1921 –
March 3, 1923
67th Elected in 1920.
[data unknown/missing]

Clarence J. McLeod
Republican March 4, 1923 –
January 3, 1937
Elected in 1922.
Re-elected in 1924.
Re-elected in 1926.
Re-elected in 1928.
Re-elected in 1930.
Re-elected in 1932.
Re-elected in 1934.
Lost re-election.
[data unknown/missing]

George D. O'Brien
Democratic January 3, 1937 –
January 3, 1939
75th Elected in 1936.
Lost re-election.
[data unknown/missing]

Clarence J. McLeod
Republican January 3, 1939 –
January 3, 1941
76th Elected in 1938.
Lost re-election.
[data unknown/missing]

George D. O'Brien
Democratic January 3, 1941 –
January 3, 1947
Elected in 1940.
Re-elected in 1942.
Re-elected in 1944.
Lost re-election.
[data unknown/missing]

Howard A. Coffin
Republican January 3, 1947 –
January 3, 1949
80th Elected in 1946.
Lost re-election.
[data unknown/missing]

George D. O'Brien
Democratic January 3, 1949 –
January 3, 1955
Elected in 1948.
Re-elected in 1950.
Re-elected in 1952.
Lost renomination.
[data unknown/missing]

Charles Diggs
Democratic January 3, 1955 –
June 3, 1980
Elected in 1954.
Re-elected in 1950.
Re-elected in 1952.
Re-elected in 1954.
Re-elected in 1956.
Re-elected in 1958.
Re-elected in 1960.
Re-elected in 1962.
Re-elected in 1964.
Re-elected in 1966.
Re-elected in 1968.
Re-elected in 1970.
Re-elected in 1972.
Re-elected in 1974.
Re-elected in 1976.
Re-elected in 1978.
Resigned due to fraud convictions.
[data unknown/missing]
Vacant June 3, 1980 –
November 4, 1980

George Crockett Jr.
Democratic November 4, 1980 –
January 3, 1991
Elected to finish Diggs's term.
Elected to full term in 1980.
Re-elected in 1982.
Re-elected in 1984.
Re-elected in 1986.
Re-elected in 1988.
[data unknown/missing]

Barbara-Rose Collins
Democratic January 3, 1991 –
January 3, 1993
102nd Elected in 1990.
Redistricted to the 15th district.
[data unknown/missing]

William D. Ford
Democratic January 3, 1993 –
January 3, 1995
103rd Redistricted from the 15th district and re-elected in 1992.

Lynn N. Rivers
(Ann Arbor)
Democratic January 3, 1995 –
January 3, 2003
Elected in 1994.
Re-elected in 1996.
Re-elected in 1998.
Re-elected in 2000.
Redistricted to the 15th district and lost renomination.

Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick
Democratic January 3, 2003 –
January 3, 2011
Redistricted from the 15th district and re-elected in 2002.
Re-elected in 2004.
Re-elected in 2006.
Re-elected in 2008.
Lost renomination.

Hansen Clarke
Democratic January 3, 2011 –
January 3, 2013
112th Elected in 2010.
Redistricted to the 14th district and lost renomination.

John Conyers
Democratic January 3, 2013 –
December 5, 2017
Redistricted from the 14th district and re-elected in 2012[7].
Re-elected in 2014.
Re-elected in 2016.
Resigned following sexual harassment allegations.
Vacant December 5, 2017 –
November 29, 2018

Brenda Jones
Democratic November 29, 2018 –
January 3, 2019
Elected to finish Conyers's term.
Lost nomination to the next term.

Rashida Tlaib
Democratic January 3, 2019 –
January 3, 2023
Elected in 2018.
Re-elected in 2020.
Redistricted to the 12th district.

Shri Thanedar
Democratic January 3, 2023 –
118th Elected in 2022. 2023–present:

Recent election results


2012 Michigan's 13th congressional district election[8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John Conyers (incumbent) 235,336 82.8
Republican Harry T. Sawicki 38,769 13.6
Libertarian Chris Sharer 6,076 2.1
Constitution Martin Gray 4,089 1.5
Total votes 284,270 100.0
Democratic hold


2014 Michigan's 13th congressional district election[9]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John Conyers (incumbent) 132,710 79.5
Republican Jeff Gorman 27,234 16.3
Libertarian Chis Sharer 3,537 2.1
Independent Sam Johnson 3,466 2.1
Total votes 166,947 100.0
Democratic hold


2016 Michigan's 13th congressional district election[10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John Conyers (incumbent) 198,771 77.1
Republican Jeff Gorman 40,541 15.7
Libertarian Tiffany Hayden 9,648 3.8
Working Class Sam Johnson 8,835 3.4
Independent Clyde Darnell Lynch (write-in) 2 0.0
Total votes 257,797 100.0
Democratic hold

2018 special election

2018 Michigan's 13th congressional district special election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Brenda Jones 169,330 86.84% +9.74%
Constitution Marc Sosnowski 17,302 8.87% N/A
Green D. Etta Wilcoxon 8,319 4.27% N/A
Write-in 42 0.02% N/A
Total votes 194,993 100.00% N/A
Democratic hold


2018 Michigan's 13th congressional district election[11]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Rashida Tlaib 165,355 84.2
Working Class Sam Johnson 22,186 11.3
Green D. Etta Wilcoxon 7,980 4.1
Independent Brenda Jones (write-in) 633 0.3
n/a Other write-ins 145 0.1
Total votes 196,299 100.0
Democratic hold


2020 Michigan's 13th congressional district election[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Rashida Tlaib (incumbent) 223,205 78.1
Republican David Dudenhoefer 53,311 18.7
Working Class Sam Johnson 5,284 1.8
Green D. Etta Wilcoxon 2,105 0.7
Constitution Articia Bomer 1,974 0.7
Independent Donald Eason (write-in) 6 0.0
Total votes 285,885 100.0
Democratic hold


2022 Michigan's 13th congressional district election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Shri Thanedar 166,650 71.0
Republican Martell Bivings 56,187 23.9
Working Class Simone Coleman 8,833 3.7
U.S. Taxpayers Chris Dardzinski 2,769 1.1
Write-in 5 0.0
Total votes 234,444 100.0
Democratic hold

See also


  1. ^ "My Congressional District". U.S. Department of Commerce. Retrieved October 31, 2022.
  2. ^ "2022 Cook PVI: District Map and List". Cook Political Report. Retrieved January 10, 2023.
  3. ^ "Redistricting in Michigan after the 2010 census". Ballotpedia. Retrieved August 14, 2019.
  4. ^ Spangler, Todd (January 3, 2019). "Michigan's 4 new Congress members are sworn in". Detroit Free Press. USA Today Network.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ "The changes to Michigan's congressional map, district by district". Michigan Radio. February 15, 2022. Retrieved January 9, 2023.
  6. ^ "U.S. Census Bureau Thematic Map". Archived from the original on January 18, 2012. Retrieved March 29, 2020.
  7. ^ Originally served in the 1st district, 1965-1993.
  8. ^ "2012 Michigan House Results". Politico.
  9. ^ "2014 Michigan Official General Election Results - 11/04/2014".
  10. ^ "2016 Michigan Election Results - Official Results". Michigan Department of State. November 8, 2016. Retrieved December 9, 2016.
  11. ^ Johnson, Cheryl L. (February 28, 2019). "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 6, 2018". Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives. Retrieved April 27, 2019.
  12. ^ "2020 Michigan Election Results Official". Michigan Secretary of State. Retrieved November 23, 2020.


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