Dennis Hertel is a six-term former Democratic Member of Congress from Michigan. Hertel served on the House Armed Services Committee for 12 years and was Chairman of the Investigations and Oversight Subcommittee and Ranking Member on the Research and Development Sub-Committee. He also chaired the House Oceanography, Great Lakes, and Outer Continental Shelf Subcommittee for six years, and was on the Coast Guard Subcommittee. He also served on the former House Select Committee on Aging and its Health Subcommittee.
During his U.S. congressional career, Congressman Hertel was the Michigan Democratic Whip and the vice-chairman of the Democratic Study Group. Prior to his service in Washington, he spent three terms in the Michigan House of Representatives, where he chaired the Judiciary Committee.
Hertel is Vice President of the International Election Monitors Institute and President of the United States Former Members of Congress Association. He is a ten year board member of Council for a Community of Democracies, 12 year board member of Congressional Hunger Center and he remains active in Michigan and National Democratic political campaigns..