DETROIT (AP) — Republicans Justin Amash of Grand Rapids, Bil Huizenga of Zeeland, Fred Upton of St. Joseph and Tim Walberg of Tipton each won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives.
Amash defeated little-known Democrat Douglas Smith in the 3rd District, which includes the cities of Grand Rapids and Battle Creek and their suburbs.
The 36-year-old is a self-described “libertarian Republican” who was first elected to Congress with the Tea Party wave in 2010. This will be his fourth term.
A resident of Kent County’s Cascade Township, he is a founding member of the House Freedom Caucus, which clashed with House GOP leaders about issues such as defunding Planned Parenthood and fast-track trade authority.
Smith is a sheet metal worker from Belmont who was seeking political office for the first time.
Huizenga will serve his fourth term in Congress. He won re-election over Democrat Dennis Murphy in the 2nd District, which is the most Republican-leaning of the state’s 14 congressional seats.
Huizenga is a member of the House Financial Services Committee and co-owns a gravel company.
Murphy works as a quality engineer in the automotive manufacturing industry.
The district includes all or parts of seven counties and stretches west from the Grand Rapids area to Lake Michigan and north from Holland to Ludington.
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Upton, 62, defeated Democrat Paul Clements and Libertarian Lorence Wenke on Tuesday to keep his 6th District seat for a sixteenth term in Congress.
Upton has been in the House since 1987. He is the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which has broad oversight of the American economy, including cars, health care and federal agencies. His grandfather was co-founder of Whirlpool.
Clements is a professor at Western Michigan University.
Wenke is a 77-year-old former Kalamazoo County commissioner. He owns greenhouses in Michigan and Georgia.
Walberg won a fifth term in Congress, beating Democratic state lawmaker Gretchen Driskell in southern Michigan’s 7th District.
The 65-year-old Republican from Tipton was first was elected to Congress in 2006, but lost in 2008 to Democrat Mark Schauer. He defeated Schauer, who ran for governor two years ago, in 2010 to regain the seat and has not lost since.
Walberg is a former pastor who also served in the Michigan House in the 1980s and ’90s.
The 58-year-old Driskell has served in the Michigan House since 2013 and is the former mayor and city council member in Saline.
Libertarian Ken Doctor also lost in Tuesday’s election.
–24 Hour News 8 contributed to this report.