John Dingell, Longest Serving Member of Congress, Dies at 92

DingellJohn Dingell, the longest-serving member of Congress died on Feb. 7, 2019. He was 92 years old.

For 59 years he represented Southeastern Michigan in the U.S. House of Representatives, the Democrat retired in 2015.

Dingell entered hospice care after being diagnosed with prostate cancer a year ago.

His wife Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), missed the State of the Union address on Feb. 5 to be with her husband.

She posted on Twitter:

Friends and colleagues know I would be in Washington right now unless something was up. I am home with John and we have entered a new phase. He is my love and we have been a team for nearly 40 years.

Upon hearing about his retirement, President Obama awarded Dingell the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Obama called him “one of the most influential legislators of all time.”

Dingell played a key part in many landmark laws. In 1957, he was a sponsor of the landmark Civil Rights Act. In 1965, he helped advance the law that created Medicare. In 1973, he played a key role in the Endangered Species Act and in 2010, the Affordable Care Act. Dingell was also one of the last World War II veterans to serve in Congress.

Dingell originally supported the Vietnam War but changed his stance and demanded President Nixon withdraw the troops.

He was active known for his wit and posted regularly on Twitter. After the partial government shut down, he wrote: “Burn this entire administration down.”

The former congressman’s final tweet was on Feb. 6. He said:

The Lovely Deborah is insisting I rest and stay off here, but after long negotiations, we have worked out a deal where she will keep up with Twitter for me as I dictate the messages. I want to thank you all for your incredibly kind words and prayers. You are not done with me just yet.

Written by Barbara Sobel
Edited by Cathy Milne-Ware

Sources:

Fox News: John Dingell, longest-serving member of Congress, dies at 92
NBC News: John Dingell, longest-serving member of Congress, has died. He was 92.
NPR: Former Rep. John Dingell, Longest-Serving Member Of Congress, Dies At 92

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