Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick

Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan’s 13th district

In office
January 3, 2003 – January 3, 2011

Preceded by
Lynn Rivers

Succeeded by
Hansen Clarke

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan’s 15th district

In office
January 3, 1997 – January 3, 2003

Preceded by
Barbara-Rose Collins

Succeeded by
John Dingell

Member of the Michigan House of Representatives
from the 9th district
18th District (1979-1982)
8th District (1983-1992)

In office
January 1, 1979 – December 31, 1996

Preceded by
Jackie Vaughn III

Succeeded by
Kwame Kilpatrick

Personal details

Carolyn Jean Cheeks
(1945-06-25) June 25, 1945 (age 71)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.

Political party

Bernard Kilpatrick


Alma mater
Ferris State University
Western Michigan University
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

African Methodist Episcopalianism

Carolyn Jean Cheeks Kilpatrick (born June 25, 1945) is an American politician who was U.S. Representative for Michigan’s 13th congressional district from 1997 to 2011. She is a member of the Democratic Party. In August 2010 she lost the Democratic primary election.[1] She was replaced by Hansen Clarke in January 2011.[2]
The 13th district, which is entirely contained within Wayne County, runs along the Detroit River (which is also the Canada–US border) from the northern county line to the southern line; it includes Grosse Pointe, half of Detroit, and portions of Downriver. Kilpatrick is also the mother of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.


1 Early life, education and career
2 U.S. House of Representatives

2.1 Committee assignments
2.2 Caucus and other membership

3 Political campaigns

3.1 2008
3.2 2010

4 Personal life
5 Electoral history
6 References
7 External links

Early life, education and career[edit]
Born Carolyn Jean Cheeks in Detroit, Michigan, she graduated from the Detroit High School of Commerce. She then attended Ferris State University in Big Rapids from 1968 to 1970 and received a B.S. from Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo) in 1972. She earned a M.S. from the University of Michigan in 1977. She worked as a high school teacher and was later a member of the Michigan State House of Representatives from 1979 to 1996.
U.S. House of Representatives[edit]
Committee assignments[edit]

Committee on Appropriations

Subcommittee on Transportation,