John Dingell, Longest-Serving Congressman, Publishes Posthumous Op-ed

09 February, 2019, 06:07 | Author: Kara Nash
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He has also become active on Twitter in his retirement, regularly tweeting about politics and the University of MI football team he loves. "You're not done with me just yet". In the piece, which was published Friday by The Washington Post, Dingell, who served in the House of Representatives from 1955 to 2015 as a Democrat representing MI, offered a sharp rebuke of President Donald Trump at the current state of Washington politics.

"Congressman John Dingell-the Dean of the House and my dear friend-was not merely a witness to history". "He was a champion of national health care before it was a popular cause and a supporter of landmark civil rights legislation even when it could have been a political risk". Dingell, the longest-serving member of Congress in history, died Thursday at 92. He was and will remain the embodiment of what it means to be a Michigan Democrat: hard-working, selfless, and relentless in his pursuit to improve the lives of the everyday people who built our state and make it great...his charm, wit, and devotion touched everyone who knew him, and his legacy will inspire millions more for generations to come.

He also chaired the House Energy and Commerce Committee for a number of years and played an integral role in passing many environmental laws.

"It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of John David Dingell, Jr., former MI congressman and longest-serving member of the United States Congress", said the statement from Debbie Dingell's office. "It used to bother my wife, but oversight was something we did uniquely well". Dingell had introduced a universal health care coverage bill in each of his terms. "I look forward to catching up with him soon". In more recent years, he became known for his witty Twitter account and criticism of President Donald Trump's administration. "My heart and prayers go out to Debbie and the entire Dingell family".

"He taught me how to shoot a rifle", former Ohio Rep. Dennis Eckhart told The Associated Press in 2009.

Former President Barack Obama echoed the sentiments, adding: "John Dingell's life reminds us that change does not always come with a flash, but instead with steady, determined effort".


Patrick Butler, president and CEO of America's Public Television Stations, said in a statement that Dingell "set a standard of public service that will be hard to match". "Congressman Dingell died peacefully today at his home in Dearborn, surrounded by his wife Deborah". But after the death of his father in 1955, 29-year-old Dingell followed in his political footsteps, winning a special election to succeed John Sr.

Alongside his congressman father, Dingell was serving as a page on the House floor when President Franklin D. Roosevelt asked Congress to declare war on Japan on December 8, 1941.

John Dingell, D-Mich. poses for a photograph inside his office in House Rayburn Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington.

John's humor became well-known once he took up Twitter.

Dingell died Thursday at age 92 while with his wife at their home in Dearborn, a Detroit suburb.

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