Detroit Evening Report: Detroit’s nearly 70-year streak of Black representation in Congress is about to end

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13th Congressional District Shri Thanedar

Shri Thanedar is set to begin his new job this week once he’s sworn in as the Congressman for Michigan’s 13th Congressional District.

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The Detroit Democrat officially won the position in November after beating several challengers in the August primary election. The beginning of Thanedar’s tenure means the end of nearly 70 years of Detroit having African American representation in Congress.

Charles Diggs became Detroit’s first Black Congressman in 1955.

Michigan’s 12th Congressional District — the second seat representing Detroit in Congress — is filled by Arab-American Rashida Tlaib, who won her reelection bid last November.

The swearing in of Thanedar and other House representatives is currently delayed due to Republican Kevin McCarthy unable to win the 218 votes needed to become Speaker of the House. McCarthy failed to win the title after three rounds of voting as of late Tuesday afternoon.

The House cannot conduct any other business until a Speaker is named.

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  • Jerome Vaughn
    Jerome Vaughn is News Director at 101.9 WDET. His interest in news reporting began when he was five years old, after his mom bought him a yellow Panasonic ball and chain radio.