Democrats got one seat closer to taking the majority in the U. S. House with Haley Stevens' victory in the 11th U.S. House District.
Stevens, of Rochester Hills, led Republican opponent Lena Epstein for most of the evening to succeed retiring U.S. Rep. David Trott (R-Birmingham).
Stevens will be the first Democrat elected to a full two-year term in Michigan's 11th District since the 1960's, and she will be the first woman to ever represent the district.
Listen above to hear Stateside's conversation with 11th District Congresswoman-Elect Haley Stevens.
"I am humbled and honored that the people of Michigan's 11th District have placed their trust in me to represent our district in Congress," said Congresswoman-Elect Stevens. "Ten years ago we stared down the greatest economic crisis of a generation and refused to back down. We saved General Motors, Chrysler, and 200,000 Michigan jobs. We stood up for everything we represent, and that's exactly what we're going to do in Congress. It's time to put politics aside to deliver for Michigan. I look forward to rolling up my sleeves on Day One to help lower healthcare costs, stand up for our public schools, and protect good-paying, Michigan jobs."