Michigan’s 7th Congressional District

Candidates Republican Tim Wahlberg and Democrat Gretchen Driskell

Libertarian Ken Proctor is also on the ballot.

Melissa Mason

Michigan’s 7th Congressional District is the southeast and south-central part of the state and includes the cities of Monroe, Adrian and Hillsdale. A Republican has won the seat in the vast majority of elections since the early 1990s. The one exception was in 2008 when Democrat Mark Schauer held the seat for a single term. Schauer lost the district to current Congressman Tim Walberg in 2010 by less than five percentage points. Walberg also served a prior term as the 7th Congressional District’s representative from 2007 to 2009.

Republican Congressman Tim Walberg

Courtesy of walberg.house.gov

Congressman Tim Walberg (R-Mich.)

Walberg has said the key issues he’s focusing on in this election are growing jobs, creating fiscally responsible budgets and abolishing Obamacare. A former pastor, Walberg also lists a strong anti-abortion stance as one of his core values.

Walberg’s Campaign Website

Follow him on Facebook and on Twitter @RepWalberg

Democratic Challenger Gretchen Driskell

Courtesy of Michigan House Democrats

State Representative Gretchen Driskell (D-Mich.)

State Rep. Gretchen Driskell (D-Saline) has represented Michigan’s 52nd House District since 2013. Prior to that, she was the 14-year mayor of Saline. Recently, Driskell introduced a so-called “Voter Bill of Rights” as an amendment to the Michigan state constitution. Driskell has said her key issues in this election include an increased emphasis on education, governmental transparency and campaign finance reform.

Driskell’s Campaign Website

Follower her on Facebook and on Twitter @GDriskell

Libertarian Ken Proctor

Proctor’s Campaign Website

Follow him on Facebook

About the Voters:

Population 705,141
Age Distribution: 18-34 20.1%
Age Distribution: 35-59 35.5%
Age Distribution: 60+ 21.6%
Male 50.1%
Female 49.9%

White: 91.67%
Black: 4.2%
American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.4%
Asian: 0.9%
Some other race: 0.8%
Two or more: 2.1%
Hispanic or Latino: 4.1%

Foreign-born 2.4%
Education Level

Less than high school graduate: 9.3%
High school graduate: 33.4%
Some college or associate’s degree: 34.9%
Bachelor’s degree: 14.0%
Graduate or professional degree: 8.3%


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

Previous Congressional Elections:

2014 General Election 

Tim Walberg (R) - 53.45%

Pam Byrnes (D) - 41.17%

2012 General Election

Tim Walberg (R) 53.34%

Kurt Richard Haskell (D) - 43.02%

Previous WDET Work on Michigan’s 7th Congressional District:

Big Money in the Race for Michigan’s 7th Congressional District

How Are Republican Voters Feeling About This Election?

The Race for Michigan’s 7th Congressional District




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