Michigan's 13th congressional district

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Michigan's 13th congressional district
Michigan US Congressional District 13 (since 2013).tif
Michigan's 13th congressional district – since January 3, 2013.
U.S. RepresentativeVacant 
  • 100.00% urban
  • 0.00% rural
Population (2010)705,974
Cook PVID+32[1]

Michigan's 13th congressional district is a United States congressional district in Wayne County, Michigan.

The district includes portions of Detroit and some of its suburbs and was the only congressional district in Michigan to be contained within a single county in the 2012 redistricting.

District boundaries were redrawn in 1993, and 2003 due to reapportionment following the censuses of 1990 and 2000.

A special election was held on November 6, 2018, following the resignation of Rep. John Conyers. Brenda Jones won the special election to fill the remainder of Conyers term in the 115th Congress,  Rashida Tlaib won the regular election for the term in the 116th Congress.

Cities in the district from 2013 to 2023[edit]

2002 redistricting[edit]

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 intersecting 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 south east for a block to where it intersected Gratiot and then turned to going 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 intersection 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 Point line.[2]

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. Hamtrack'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.

Pre-1992 district[edit]

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, some other sections to the south of Highland Park, and the southern East Side the district also included Grosse Pointe Park and Grosse Pointe City. This was the congressional district that lost the most people in the 1980s, but because of the voting rights act being interpreted to mandate districts where racial minorities were the majority of the population it was not destroyed in 1992 redistricting, only renumbered to being the 15th district.

Election results from recent presidential races[edit]

Year Results
1992 B. Clinton 49 – 34%
1996 B. Clinton 58 – 33%
2000 Gore 80 – 19%
2004 Kerry 81 – 19%
2008 Obama 85 – 15%
2012 Obama 85 – 14%
2016 H. Clinton 79 – 18%

List of representatives[edit]

Representative Party Years Congress Notes District map
District created March 4, 1915
Charles A. Nichols (Michigan Congressman).jpg Charles A. Nichols Republican March 4, 1915 –
April 25, 1920
First elected in 1914.
Re-elected in 1916.
Re-elected in 1918.
[Data unknown/missing.]
Vacant April 25, 1920 –
November 2, 1920
66 [Data unknown/missing.]
ClarenceJMcLeod.jpg Clarence J. McLeod Republican November 2, 1920 –
March 3, 1921
Elected to finish Nichols's term.
[Data unknown/missing.]
Vincent M. Brennan.jpg Vincent M. Brennan Republican March 4, 1921 –
March 3, 1923
67 Elected in 1920.
[Data unknown/missing.]
ClarenceJMcLeod.jpg Clarence J. McLeod Republican March 4, 1923 –
January 3, 1937
First 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.jpeg George O'Brien Democratic January 3, 1937 –
January 3, 1939
75 Elected in 1936.
Lost re-election.
[Data unknown/missing.]
ClarenceJMcLeod.jpg Clarence McLeod Republican January 3, 1939 –
January 3, 1941
76 Elected in 1938.
Lost re-election.
[Data unknown/missing.]
George D. O'Brien.jpeg George O'Brien Democratic January 3, 1941 –
January 3, 1947
First elected in 1940.
Re-elected in 1942.
Re-elected in 1944.
Lost re-election.
[Data unknown/missing.]
Howard A. Coffin (Michigan Congressman).jpg Howard A. Coffin Republican January 3, 1947 –
January 3, 1949
80 Elected in 1946.
Lost re-election.
[Data unknown/missing.]
George D. O'Brien.jpeg George O'Brien Democratic January 3, 1949 –
January 3, 1955
First elected in 1948.
Re-elected in 1950.
Re-elected in 1952.
Lost renomination.
[Data unknown/missing.]
Charles C. Diggs.jpg Charles Diggs Democratic January 3, 1955 –
June 3, 1980
First 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.
[Data unknown/missing.]
Vacant June 3, 1980 –
November 4, 1980
96 [Data unknown/missing.]
George W. Crockett.jpg George Crockett Jr. Democratic November 4, 1980 –
January 3, 1991
First 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.jpg Barbara-Rose Collins Democratic January 3, 1991 –
January 3, 1993
102 Elected in 1990.
Redistricted to the 15th district.
[Data unknown/missing.]
William D. Ford.jpg William D. Ford Democratic January 3, 1993 –
January 3, 1995
103 Redistricted from the 15th district and re-elected here in 1992.
Lynn Rivers Red Jacket.jpeg Lynn N. Rivers Democratic January 3, 1995 –
January 3, 2003
First elected in 1994.
Re-elected in 1996.
Re-elected in 1998.
Re-elected in 2000.
Redistricted to the 15th district and lost renomination there.
Carolyn Cheeks Kirkpatrick, official portrait, 111th Congress.jpg Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick Democratic January 3, 2003 –
January 3, 2011
Redistricted from the 15th district and re-elected here in 2002.
Re-elected in 2004.
Re-elected in 2006.
Re-elected in 2008.
Lost renomination.
Hansen Clarke, Official Portrait, 112th Congress.jpg Hansen Clarke Democratic January 3, 2011 –
January 3, 2013
112 Elected in 2010.
Redistricted to the 14th district and lost renomination there.
John Conyers official photo.jpg John Conyers Democratic January 3, 2013 –
December 5, 2017
Redistricted from the 14th district and re-elected here in 2012.
Re-elected in 2014.
Re-elected in 2016.
2013 – Present
Vacant December 5, 2017-November 2018 115
Brenda Jones Democratic November 2018-
January 3, 2019
115 Elected in 2018 in a special election to finish the remainder of Conyers' term. Is expected to assume office sometime in November 2018.
Lost nomination in the Democratic primary for the regular election.
Launched a write-in campaign which also lost.
Rashida Tlaib at Islamic Society of North America.jpg Rashida Tlaib Democratic Assuming office
January 3, 2019
116 Elected in 2018

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Partisan Voting Index – Districts of the 115th Congress" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. April 7, 2017. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  2. ^ U.S. Census Bureau Thematic Map


Coordinates: 42°22′49″N 83°18′45″W / 42.38028°N 83.31250°W / 42.38028; -83.31250