Lynn N. Rivers

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Lynn N. Rivers
Lynn Rivers Red Jacket.jpeg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan's 13th district
In office
January 3, 1995 – January 3, 2003
Preceded by Bill Ford
Succeeded by Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick
Member of the Michigan House of Representatives
from the 53rd district
In office
January 1, 1993 – December 31, 1994
Preceded by Perry Bullard
Succeeded by Elizabeth Brater
Personal details
Born (1956-12-19) December 19, 1956 (age 60)
Au Gres, Michigan
Political party Democratic
Alma mater Wayne State University (J.D.)
University of Michigan (B.A.)
River's district during the 106th Congress

Lynn Nancy Rivers (born December 19, 1956) is a politician from the U.S. state of Michigan. Rivers was born in Au Gres, Michigan and graduated from Au Gres-Sims High School, Arenac County, in 1975. She received a B.A. from the University of Michigan in 1987 and a J.D. from Wayne State University in 1992. She served as a trustee of the Ann Arbor board of education from 1984 to 1992 and was a member of the Michigan State House of Representatives between 1993 and 1994.

Rivers was elected as a Democrat from Michigan's 13th District to the United States House of Representatives for the 104th and to the three succeeding Congresses, serving from January 3, 1995 to January 3, 2003. After congressional district boundaries were adjusted as a result of the United States 2000 Census, she lost the Democratic primary election for Michigan's 15th District in 2002 to long-time incumbent John Dingell.

In 1994, Rivers spoke publicly about her 24-year struggle with bipolar disorder, making her the first member of the House to publicly discuss having emotional problems.[1] In 1998, the National Mental Health Association named her "Legislator of the Year."[citation needed]

Currently, she is teaching Political Science at the University of Michigan and Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor.

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  1. ^ Thompson, Alex (2015-10-31). "Could America Elect a Mentally Ill President?". Politico Magazine. Politico. Retrieved 2015-10-31. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Perry Bullard (D)
State Representative for Michigan's 53rd District
Succeeded by
Elizabeth Brater (D)
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Bill Ford
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan's 13th congressional district

Succeeded by
Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick