Saturday, 23 February, 2019

Longest-serving USA congressman John Dingell dies aged 92

Political giant John Dingell dies at 92 John Dingell, longest-serving Congress member ever, dead at 92
Melissa Porter | 09 February, 2019, 16:27

Dingell served 59 years in the House before retiring in 2015 because, as he said to a MI business group at the time, he could no longer "live up to my own personal standard" for serving in Congress. "I remember he said shooting a rifle is a lot like legislating".

John and Debbie Dingell had been married since 1981.

"He was a lion of the United States Congress and a loving son, father, husband, grandfather and friend", her office said in a statement.

So with that, we give you the greatest hits of John Dingell's colorful Twitter legacy.

He helped draft numerous nation's important environmental and energy laws, reported The Detroit News. "Staff has now informed me of what a Kardashian is", he wrote.

Dingell was a champion of the auto industry and was credited with increasing access to health care, among other accomplishments.

On behalf of himself and his wife, former first lady Michelle Obama, he sent his sympathies to the Dingell family and everyone whose life was made better by Dingell's service.

The president's heartfelt message comes after his predecessor former President Barack Obama also honored the late congressman.

West Michigan Congressman Bill Huizenga said in a written statement, "John Dingell was a fierce advocate for Michigan and a titan of the House who worked with a servant's heart".

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 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.

Flags at USA embassies and other facilities overseas also are ordered to half-staff. After his political career, the former congressman became known for his sharp wit online, writing Wednesday "you're not done with me just yet". "It used to bother my wife, but oversight was something we did uniquely well".

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. "I was fortunate to speak to John Dingell this afternoon", Bush said in a statement on Thursday night.

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've only begun in later years to appreciate what it all meant".

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

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