In an interview with CNN's Alisyn Camerota, Dingell, D-Dearborn, said a prominent historical figure tried to put his hand up her skirt at an event in Washington, D.C. She said she was in her first year of marriage with former Congressman John Dingell at the time and "didn't know what to do".
MI U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, wife of retired Congressman John Dingell, says she has too many "me too" moments regarding sexual harassment to even mention. "He would be aggressive, not only towards me, everybody on Capitol Hill knew it".
"A woman member was at my table, recognized what was happening, and said switch places".
"We watch out for each other. That's the other thing we've got to do".
Congresswoman Debbie Dingell spoke today of a senator and an historical figure that made inappropriate advances in the 1980's.
"Everybody at my office knew, and the minute we were at a social setting, somebody would move in to protect me so I'd never be alone", she said. I just happened to be one of these people. A lot of women don't have the courage, because even though they've got the Me Too story, there are consequences.
Dingell, 63, was on "New Day" to discuss the raft of sexual harassment scandals involving figures from Hollywood, the media and politics, including Democratic Sen. Al Franken, D-Minnesota, was accused of sexually harassing Leeann Tweeden during a 2006 USO Tour in the Middle East.
That said, Dingell did say she thought it was time for the American public to know more about the bad behavior of some of their elected officials.
"I have too many of them", Dingell replied. It was Republicans, it was Democrats. "You were the person that would pay the price".
Dingell described an incident during her first job when she was stalked by a co-worker who found out about her father's addiction to prescription drugs and tried to blackmail her.
"Our challenge is to keep this a movement", Dingell said.
Dingell then said that it was a "complicated" matter, since not all of the payments were to settle sexual harassment claims and some of the settlements came with confidentiality agreements that Congress might be wary of breaking.