‘Little House’ star Melissa Gilbert to run for U.S. Congress

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Actress Melissa Gilbert signs copies of her book "My Prairie Cookbook" at Barnes & Noble bookstore at The Grove on March 18, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Buchan/Getty Images)

DETROIT — Melissa Gilbert — aka Laura Ingalls Wilder in the 1970s television show “Little House on the Prairie” — is vying for a U.S. congressional seat in Michigan, the New York Times reported.

The 51-year-old, who moved to Howell, Michigan, in 2013, tweeted Monday that she was “excited to announce my run for U.S. Congress in Michigan’s 8th. Please join me in my fight for working families.” She is running as a Democrat in a primarily Republican district.

Gilbert, who lives with her husband Timothy Busfield in Howell, about 60 miles from downtown Detroit, is new to the political scene although she did serve two terms as president of the Screen Actors Guild from 2001 to 2005.

 

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