2017 50 Most Beautiful

Rep. Debbie Dingell
Rep. Debbie Dingell
Hometown: 
Dearborn, Mich.
Age: 
63
Relationship Status: 
Married
Party Affiliation: 
Democrat

Nothing revs Rep. Debbie Dingell’s engine like an automobile: “I’m a car girl. Born, bred and proud of it.”

The Michigan Democrat was one of the first women in a senior position in the automotive industry. Her pride shows from the multiple die-cast models of Ford cars in her Cannon office to her red Cadillac parked outside. (She also wears red on Wednesdays.)

But her constituents don’t have too drive too far to find her.

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“I go to Kroger at 7 a.m. every Sunday morning,” she says. “People wait for me in the bakery department if they’ve got an issue they want to talk to me about.”

Dingell makes a point of knowing the price of milk, eggs and Diet Coke in her district, and occasionally posts a photo of them on her Instagram.

Why Diet Coke?

“Anybody who knows me knows you’ll always see a Diet Coke in my hand.”

— Ashley Perks