Debra Freidell Wirth

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Debra Freidell Wirth
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Michigan, District 4
Bachelor'sMichigan State University (1974)
J.D.Thomas M. Cooley Law School (1977)
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Debra Freidell Wirth was a 2012 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 4th Congressional District of Michigan.


Upon graduation from Waverly High School in 1970, Wirth earned a bachelor's degree from Michigan State University in 1974 and a law degree from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 1977, at which point she began working as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Igham County. In 1983, she moved to Kansas City and worked in non-legal jobs until she survived an automobile accident that fractured her skull in 1988. She took one year to recover and pass the Missouri and Kansas bar exams, and then practiced law from 1990-2009 representing injured plaintiffs. She and her husband now reside in Eagle Township in Clinton County, Michigan.[1]


Wirth's career highlights are listed below.[2]

  • Attorney, Kansas City (1990-2009)
  • Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Ingham County (1977)



See also: Michigan's 4th Congressional District elections, 2012

Wirth was defeated by incumbent Dave Camp.[3] Wirth ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Michigan's 4th District. Wirth ran unopposed in the August 7 Democratic primary. She faced Republican incumbent Dave Camp, John Gelineau (L), Pat Timmons (G), and George Zimmer (UST) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[4]

U.S. House, Michigan District 4 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Debra Freidell Wirth 33.6% 104,996
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDave Camp Incumbent 63.1% 197,386
     Libertarian John Gelineau 1.4% 4,285
     Green Pat Timmons 0.9% 2,776
     UST George Zimmer 1.1% 3,506
Total Votes 312,949
Source: Michigan Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Race Background

According to a Michigan Live article, Wirth stated that she decided to challenge incumbent Dave Camp because "he is more into the power game in D.C. than he is doing the best he can for the people in the district."[5] Additionally, she asserted that "The whole Republican Party has gotten too extreme and Dave Camp falls in line with them."[6]

Campaign donors


Above is a breakdown of funds for the 2012 election, according to source.

Wirth lost the United States House of Representatives election in 2012. During that election cycle, Wirth's campaign committee raised a total of $37,734 and spent $37,631.[7]

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Wirth is married and has two step-children.[8]