Dingell announces new chief of staff

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn) announced Peter Chandler as her new Washington, D.C., office chief of staff July 30, replacing Karen Defilippi, who left to become political advisor at Emily’s List.

Chandler has 22 years of campaign, political and legislative experience both at the state and federal level. He most recently ran the House Whip Operation to fight Trade Promotion Authority (Fast Track) on behalf of the Oregon Fair Trade Campaign.

A native of Biddeford, Maine, Chandler previously concluded 12 years as chief of staff to Veteran Affairs Ranking Member U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud (D-Maine). He has done extensive political consulting and training, including work for the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee.

“Having been gone from Capitol Hill almost a year, it is exciting to come back to work for a member of Congress who takes her job of getting things done so seriously for the people she represents,” Chandler said. “I look forward to working with the congresswoman and her great team to continue fighting for the issues that matter most to Michigan.”

“We are so thankful for Karen’s work and leadership of Team Dingell and wish her all the best as she moves to Emily’s List to help elect more women, an issue I care deeply about,” Dingell said.

“We are excited to welcome Peter Chandler, who brings two decades of political and legislative experience, to our team and know that we are well-equipped to meet the challenges and opportunities ahead for the people of the 12th District.”