Published: Mon, February 11, 2019
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

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

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

Later in life, Dingell became known to a younger generation for his wit on Twitter.

- December 8, 1941: The younger Dingell, serving as a congressional page alongside his congressman father, is on the floor of the House during President Franklin D. Roosevelt's speech asking Congress to declare war on Japan following the attack on Pearl Harbor.

As chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee from 1981 to 1995, and again in 2007-08, Dingell shaped policy on a variety of topics, including two particularly important to him and his suburban Detroit district: health care and the auto industry. Dingell represented parts of southeast MI for almost 60 years in Congress before retiring in 2014.

Mr Dingell served through the terms of 11 U.S. presidents. 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. What makes this situation extra frustrating is that the last 40 years of conservative hyper-capitalist policy are largely an aberration in our much more liberal history.

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Dingell also discussed his personal views of power, palpably showing his reverence for the position of public trust the voters had given him, and the responsibilities it came with. "He was my one and only true love", she wrote. "And he's a great tweeter as well". He built a following of more than 250,000 users, dwarfing that of many current members of Congress.

He and rival Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) jousted for years on the committee over a rewrite of the Clean Air Act, as Dingell sought to cushion Detroit automakers from the aggressive regulation sought by the liberal from smog-plagued Los Angeles. I just remember John was this big booming presence. I think he really stood up for what is good about public service.

Dingell did not win all of his legislative fights. "But it has a nice ring to it, doesn't it?"

"He was a lion of the United States Congress and a loving son, father, husband, grandfather, and friend", Debbie Dingell's office said.

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President Donald Trump said Friday on Twitter that John Dingell was "highly respected" and had a "great reputation". In 1944, he enlisted in the army at the age of 18, and was slated to be a part of the first wave of a Japanese invasion in 1945 that never happened-Dingell even said that Harry Truman's decision to drop nuclear bombs on Japan probably saved his life.

"All of these challenges were addressed by Congress".

He was first elected to the House in a 1955 special election following the death of his father, John D. Dingell, Sr.

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