Michigan’s 9th Congressional District

Democrat Sander Levin, Republican Chris Morse

Green Party Candidate John V. McDermott and Libertarian Matthew Orlando also will be on the ballot.

Melissa Mason

Democratic Incumbent Sander Levin

Levin was born and raised in Detroit, and resides in Royal Oak. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago, and a master’s in International Relations from Columbia University. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1982 and is the Ranking Member of the House Ways and Means Committee. 

Levin’s Campaign Website

Follow him on Facebook and on Twitter @RepSandyLevin

Republican Challenger Chris Morse

A resident of Bloomfield Township, Morse  served in the US Navy for 12 years, and in the Army for 5 years. He received a bachelor’s from Drury College in 1996 and worked as a stockbroker for Edward Jones Investments from 2004 to 2006. 

Morse’s Campaign Website

Follow him on Facebook and on Twitter @CMorse4Congress

Green Party Challenger John McDermott

McDermott is an attorney with a bachelor’s in accounting from Michigan State University. He earned a law degree from the University of Detroit Mercy in 1994.

McDermott’s Campaign Website

Libertarian Challenger Matthew Orlando

Orlando is a compliance analyst from Detroit who lives in Madison Heights. He graduated from Oakland University and lives with his wife and four children.

Orlando’s Campaign Website

Follow him on Facebook

About the Voters:

Population 711,268
Age Distribution: 18-34 22.1%
Age Distribution: 35-59 35.1%
Age Distribution: 60+ 21.8%
Male 48.4%
Female 51.6%

White: 81.4%
Black: 11.5%
American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.3%
Asian: 3.8%
Some other race: 0.5%
Two or more: 2.4%
Hispanic or Latino: 2.1%

Foreign-born 10.7%
Education Level

Less than high school graduate: 11.2%
High school graduate: 28.8%
Some college or associate’s degree: 31.8%
Bachelor’s degree: 17.4%
Graduate or professional degree: 10.8%


Source: U.S. Census Bureau; American Community Survey,
2014 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

Previous Congressional Election Results:

2014 General Election 

George Brikho (R) - 36.09%

Sander Levin (D) - 60.39%

2012 General Election

Don Volaric (R) 34.02%

Sander Levin (D) - 61.91%

WDET’s Coverage of the 9th Congressional District



Wayne State University Communication Student Patrick Gumbleton contributed to this coverage.


Image credit: Melissa Mason

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