Published: Sat, February 09, 2019
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

Longest-serving Congress member John Dingell dies at 92

Longest-serving Congress member John Dingell dies at 92

John Dingell, the longest serving congressman in U.S. history, has died aged 92.

"Every chapter of Chairman John Dingell's life has been lived in service to our country, from his time as a House Page, to his service in the Army during World War II, to his nearly six decades serving the people of MI in the U.S. Congress. John Dingell leaves a towering legacy of unshakable strength, boundless energy and transformative leadership", she said in a statement.

Debbie Dingell, succeeded her husband in representing Michigan's 12th congressional district.

"He taught me how to shoot a rifle". His passion was public service.

Dingell's service, combined with that of his father and his wife, marks the longest consecutive service in Congress for a single family: almost 86 years.

"It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of John David Dingell, Jr., former Michigan Congressman ..."

Dingell's wife said on Twitter that she skipped Tuesday's State of the Union address in Washington to be with him as his health declined.

His investigations led to the resignation of former Stanford University President Donald Kennedy after the California school misused hundreds of millions of dollars in federal research funds, and the criminal conviction of one of President Ronald Reagan's top advisers, Michael Deaver, for lying under oath.

In a joint statement, Bill and Hillary Clinton said that they "are grateful to have had the chance to work with him, to celebrate his becoming the longest-serving member of Congress in history, and most of all, to call him our friend". "I was fortunate to speak to John Dingell this afternoon", Bush said in a statement on Thursday night.

But Dingell focused particular fury as a reason Congress is not working on the anti-tax pledge of Grover Norquist's Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), in which candidates for Congress sign a written promise not to vote for new taxes or raise existing taxes.


"John led the charge on so much of the progress we take for granted today", Obama said in a statement, adding that American lives are better for his lifetime of service. But the newly elected politician was no stranger to the Capitol. In college, he supervised the building's elevator operators.

"I had never been in a place like this". "I've only begun in later years to appreciate what it all meant".

In his later years as a legislator, Dingell navigated Capitol Hill in a motorized scooter bearing a vanity plate emblazoned with the words "THE DEAN", the title for the longest-serving member of the House.

"The length of time is really quite unimportant", Dingell told the AP in an interview in 2009. His wife, Debbie, now holds his seat.

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

Obama awarded Dingell the Presidential Medal of Freedom later that year.

John had a heart attack in September, according to ABC News, and was suffering from complications of prostate cancer, the Washington Post reported.

His wife Debbie said at the time: 'He's alert and in good spirits, cracking jokes like always'.

Dingell and his health subcommittee chairman, California Democrat Henry Waxman, fought endlessly over energy and environmental issues. In January, he noted the negative 7-degree temperature in Hell, Michigan, and retweeted a tweet from the Detroit Free Press that said the "Detroit Lions are going to win the Super Bowl" now that Hell had frozen over.

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