John Dingell (1926-2019), longest-serving Congressman in US history

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Former Michigan U.S. Representative John David Dingell Jr. was 92 years old.

West Michigan Congressman Bill Huizenga said in a written statement, "John Dingell was a fierce advocate for Michigan and a titan of the House who worked with a servant's heart".

Debbie Dingell, 65, was elected to fill his congressional seat in 2014.

"John Dingell was a giant legislator on behalf of the people", said House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer. Generally a strong advocate for environmental protection, he was also an unwavering supporter of the auto industry and argued against environmental regulations for vehicle makers. "We are a stronger, safer, healthier nation because of Congressman Dingell's 59 years of service, and his work will continue to improve the lives of Michiganders for generations to come". I don't remember not knowing John Dingell. Dingell had introduced a universal health care coverage bill in each of his terms.

In the op-ed, he recalled how legislation like the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, Medicare and the Affordable Care Act ― all laws he helped pass ― transformed the USA during his time in office.

On Wednesday, Dingell sent his last tweet.

"He was a tireless advocate for Wayne County communities and residents in Washington during his almost 60 years in Congress", Wayne County Executive Warren Evans said Thursday in a statement.

The president's heartfelt message comes after his predecessor former President Barack Obama also honored the late congressman.

John represented MI for 59 years. This morning, I saw, for the first time, a 1941 photo of young Senate Page John Dingell. Former President George W. Bush said he spoke with Dingell on Thursday and "thanked him for his service to our country and for being an example to those who have followed him into the public arena". The fact that I grew up as a young kid in MI, interested in politics, admired him and then had the incredible good fortune of serving side-by-side with him in Congress - there's so many people like me who are so grateful to have had that opportunity. "I don't want to be going out feet-first, and I don't want to do less than an adequate job", said Dingell, who by that time was using a cane or motorized cart to get around the Capitol.

John Dingell died Thursday, a day after his family revealed he was in hospice care.

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

He also penned a memoir, "The Dean: The Best Seat in the House", in which he took on enemies and called for abolishing the Senate (E&E Daily, Dec. 5, 2018).

Dingell did not win all of his legislative fights.

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