Remembering the Twitter legacy of former Michigan Rep. John Dingell

Pearl Mccarthy
February 9, 2019

Rep. John D. Dingell Jr.

But for his final words to America, dictated to his wife and published in the Washington Post, Dingell took a more somber, reflective tone on his public service and the social direction of America.

John Dingell, the longest-serving USA congressman in history, has died, 7 Action News has learned. He was a lion of the United States Congress and a loving son, father, husband, grandfather, and friend.

When, 17 years later, Democrats did expand health insurance coverage under Barack Obama, the president gave Dingell a pen he used to sign the legislation.

"Deepest sympathies to Congresswoman Debbie Dingell and the entire family of John Dingell", he wrote.

Not five decades ago, much of the largest group of freshwater lakes on Earth - our own Great Lakes - were closed to swimming and fishing and other recreational pursuits because of chemical and bacteriological contamination from untreated industrial and wastewater disposal.

Dingell announced in 2014 he would retire from the House after representing Michigan's 12th District for almost 60 years, surpassing Sen.

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. "Longest serving Congressman in Country's history which, if people understand politics, means he was very smart". He served as chairman of the committee for more than 15 years.

For 14 years he chaired the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee, which oversees industries from banking and energy to health care and the environment.

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"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.

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

Trump has been the subject of his criticism in recent years, but more broadly, Dingell has been knocking what he describes as a decline in institutionalism.

"Let me just say this: You ain't seen nothing yet".

He dedicated the op-ed to his wife, Rep. "It is the complete collapse in respect for virtually every institution of government and an unprecedented cynicism about the nobility of public service itself". 'Abolish the Senate.' I'm having blue caps printed up with that slogan right now. Today the Great Lakes are so hospitable to marine life that one of our biggest challenges is controlling the invasive species that have made them their new home.

Dingell, 92, passed away on Thursday at his home in Dearborn, Michigan.

"John Dingell's life reminds us that change does not always come with a flash, but instead with steady, determined effort", Obama said in a statement on Thursday night.

Dingell joined the Army following the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Dingell political dynasty: Dingell was first elected to Congress in a 1955 special election to replace his father, John Dingell Sr., a New Deal Democrat, who had died of tuberculosis while in office.

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