MI officials share memories of former Rep. John Dingell

  • MI officials share memories of former Rep. John Dingell

MI officials share memories of former Rep. John Dingell

Dingell was the longest-serving member of Congress in history, according to The Detroit News.

Dingell, who served in the U.S. House for 59 years before retiring in 2014, died Thursday at his home in Dearborn, said his wife, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell. Debbie Dingell said in a statement that she would spending time at home with her husband as he "entered a new phase".

"Today, we have lost a beloved pillar of the Congress and one of the greatest legislators in American history". The Democrat was a master of legislative deal-making and a staunch advocate for the US auto industry. The people of MI owe John Dingell so much, from his fearless service in World War II, to his leadership as Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, and his crucial role in passing some of the most monumental laws of the past century, including the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, Medicare, and the Affordable Care Act. In 2014, Dingell told Politico Magazine, "If you look, you'll find that what I did was make these laws tolerant for industry".

Yet one of his proudest moments came in 2010, when he sat next to Obama as the $938 billion health care overhaul was signed into law. Dingell had introduced a universal health care coverage bill in each of his terms.

Dingell did not win all of his legislative fights. Reagan's first Environmental Protection Agency chief, Anne Gorsuch Burford, left her post after she refused to share subpoenaed documents during an investigation into a toxic waste program. Former Michigan U.S. Representative John David Dingell Jr. was 92 years old.

"John Dingell will forever be remembered as "The Dean" of Congress not simply for the length of his service, but for his unparalleled record of legislative accomplishments", Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Thursday in a statement. I will never forget his wise counsel as I learned my way around Congress...

Mr Dingell was 29 when he won a special election for his father's seat after the latter's sudden death in 1955.

From left President Barack Obama and retired Michigan Rep. John Dingell
From left President Barack Obama and retired Michigan Rep. John Dingell MANDEL NGAN AFP Getty

From 1981 until 2009, Dingell was the top-ranking Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The family tradition continued when his wife, Debbie, was elected to replace him in his Detroit-area district after he retired in 2014.

"I don't want people to be sorry for me".

Several officials reflected on John Dingell's impact as a politician after it was announced Wednesday that he was in hospice care. He was hospitalized, but was soon "cracking jokes as usual", his wife said at the time.

The day before his death, Dingell tweeted he was still using the social media platform and thanked his supporters, saying, "You're not done with me just yet".

In January 2017 John Dingell was surprised with a big honor, learning the Detroit River International Wildlife refuge visitor's center in Trenton would bear his name.

Dingell announced in 2014 he would retire from the House after representing Michigan's 12th District for almost 60 years, surpassing Sen.