Democratic incumbent likely to maintain Mich. Senate seat

By Stephanie Dilworth, Daily Staff Reporter
Published November 3, 2014

As people head to the polls today, incumbent Senator Rebekah Warren (D) will face Terry Linden (R) for Michigan Senate’s 18th District.

Warren has served Ann Arbor as state senator since 2011. Before that, Warren served in the Michigan House of Representatives from 2007 to 2010.

Linden has not been as publicly visible after winning in an uncontested Republican primary. Linden does not have a campaign website. Information about him could not be found online. He also could not be reached for comment.

As Warren looks to retain her Senate seat, inside Michigan Politics named Senator Rebekah Warren the “Most Liberal Senator” for 2014. Warren, an Ann Arbor native, earned a Political Science B.A. from the University in 1994.

Warren has consistently highlighted women’s rights and environmental protection during her time in Lansing. In September, she co-introduced legislation to require all health insurance companies to provide the option to purchase abortion service coverage. This countered a controversial law passed in December 2013 banning insurance companies from covering abortion unless individuals purchase a separate health insurance rider.

Warren is also invested in environmental protections. In May, she demanded an end to oil and gas drilling in nearby Scio Township, alongside other politicians.

“There is no reason to fast-track these permits when there are still so many unanswered questions about their impact on our community,” Sen. Warren said in a statement.

While many environmentalists, educators and students support Warren, groups including the Michigan Coalition for Responsible Gun Owners, American Conservative Union and Michigan Chamber of Commerce have given the incumbent low ratings.