Saturday, 16 February, 2019

John Dingell, Longest-Serving Congressman, Publishes Posthumous Op-ed

From left Retired Rep. John Dingell and his wife Rep. Debbie Dingell who succeeded him in Congress in 2014 From left Retired Rep. John Dingell and his wife Rep. Debbie Dingell who succeeded him in Congress in 2014 Bill Clark CQ Roll Call
Ben Pena | 09 February, 2019, 16:26

He represented his MI district for almost 60 years, from 1955 to 2015.

In my life and career I have often heard it said that so-and-so has real power - as in, "the powerful Wile E. Coyote, chairman of the Capture the Road Runner Committee".

Adding to Dingell's image as the auto industry's man in Washington was his second marriage, in 1981, to the former Deborah Insley, a General Motors Corp. lobbyist 27 years his junior.

"I think he will go down in history as one of the most impactful members of the United States Congress", said Democratic Caucus Chair Hakeem Jeffries of NY.

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

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.

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

"M$3 uch as I have found Twitter to be a useful means of expression, some occasions merit more than 280 characters", he said, a sly nod to his penchant for burning President Donald Trump on the social media network. Dingell is said to have felled the animal with a pistol as it charged him during a hunting trip in Soviet Georgia.

Debbie Dingell, his wife, has held the position since then.

Is there someone you miss whose memory should be honored?

From left President Barack Obama and retired Michigan Rep. John Dingell
From left President Barack Obama and retired Michigan Rep. John Dingell MANDEL NGAN AFP Getty

Born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on July 8, 1926, John David Dingell Jr. grew up in MI, where his father was elected to Congress as a "New Deal" Democrat in 1932.

Flags at USA embassies and other facilities overseas also are ordered to half-staff.

"I tried - damn, I tried", Dingell said, according to the New York Times.

We regularly used and consumed foods, drugs, chemicals and other things (cigarettes) that were legal, promoted and actively harmful. Debbie Dingell, who took over her husband's seat in Congress upon his retirement in 2015, announced the former congressman would be interred at Arlington National Cemetery.

Born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on July 8, 1926, John David Dingell Jr. grew up in MI, where his father was elected to Congress as a "New Deal" Democrat in 1932.

Dingell died Thursday at age 92 while with his wife at their home in Dearborn, a Detroit suburb.

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. I know he leaves behind a meaningful legacy.

An autobiography, "The Dean: The Best Seat in the House", was written with David Bender and published in December.

Dingell, who had a heart attack in September, had entered hospice care earlier this week, a source close to the family confirmed to CBS News.

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