Wednesday, 24 July, 2019

John Dingell, longest-serving Congress member ever, dead at 92

Former Michigan Rep. John Dingell longest-serving member of Congress in history dead at 92 Former Rep. John Dingell was reportedly in hospice care until his last days
Gustavo Carr | 09 February, 2019, 06:07

Former Rep. John Dingell (D-MI) passed away on Thursday, The Detroit News reports.

Rep Rick Larsen (D-Wash.) described Dingell as a "titan of the House" and also gave a nod to his Twitter presence.

John Dingell, a gruff Michigan Democrat who entered the U.S. House of Representatives in 1955 to finish his late father's term and became a legislative heavyweight and longest-serving member of Congress, died on Thursday at the age of 92.

Michigan Democrat was a legislative icon. He spoke out often and harshly against President Donald Trump. The Democrat was a master of legislative deal-making and a staunch advocate for the US auto industry. 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.

The historian for the House of Representatives noted that Dingell served with 2,427 members of the House, or 22 percent of the House's total membership, 11 presidents, and 11 speakers of the House.

From 1981 until 2009, Dingell was the top-ranking Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Dingell is credited with having increased access to health care and having helped to write the majority of America's major environmental and energy laws.

Former US Congressman John Dingell dies at 92 Office of US Rep. "And he's a great tweeter as well". "Michelle and I send our warmest sympathies to Debbie, the entire Dingell family, and all the Michiganders and Americans whose lives are better because of his lifetime of service".

"I've gotten more death threats around here than I can remember", Dingell told The Associated Press in a 1995 interview.

Read the full op-ed at The Washington Post.

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Along with his wife, Dingell is survived by two daughters, two sons, one of whom served 15 years in the Michigan Legislature, and several grandchildren.

"It will take a national movement, starting at the grassroots level, and will require massive organizing, strategic voting, and strong leadership over the course of a generation", he wrote.

Debbie Dingell, 65, was elected to fill his congressional seat in 2014. He was exposed to politics at an early age when his father was elected to the House in 1932.

Dingell, in his later years, used Twitter as an outlet for his quick wit. "A great reputation and highly respected man".

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.

Please note: All of these challenges were addressed by Congress.

When he was 18, Dingell enlisted into the US Army, nearly three years after he watched Roosevelt deliver his famous "Day of Infamy" address to Congress.

Following the sudden death of his father in September 1955, Dingell - then a 29-year-old attorney - won a special election to succeed him.

The former congressman went onto hail some of the achievements that had been made during his time on Capitol Hill, on areas including healthcare, the environment and racial discrimination.