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

Former Michigan Rep. John Dingell longest-serving member of Congress in history dead at 92

Former Michigan Rep. John Dingell longest-serving member of Congress in history dead at 92

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". I will never forget his wise counsel as I learned my way around Congress...

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John Dingell died Thursday, a day after his family revealed he was in hospice care.

He pressed for national health insurance and battled fellow Democrats over their efforts to crack down on air pollution. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) called Dingell her "true friend", writing in a statement that the congressman was "not merely a witness to history".

As I prepare to leave this all behind, I now leave you in control of the greatest nation of mankind and pray God gives you the wisdom to understand the responsibility you hold in your hands. "You're not done with me yet".

"I've gotten more death threats around here than I can remember", Dingell told the AP in a 1995 interview. "I know that all of us in MI are sending her and their family and many friends our love and support at this time".

Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ron Weiser said in a written statement issued by the Michigan Republicans, "John Dingell was an incredible public servant who will be greatly missed". He was a lion of the United States Congress and a loving son, father, husband, grandfather, and friend.

Dingell's combination of seniority, broad jurisdiction and willingness to twist arms made him one of the most powerful and feared members of Congress.

His wife, Rep. Debbie Dingell, added that she was with him at their home in Dearborn. While there were areas where we disagreed, I had no doubt that John's passion and positions were well founded.

Soon after Democrats regained the House majority in 2007, Dingell confronted Nancy Pelosi, then in her first stint as speaker, who hoped to pass an energy bill that raised fuel-economy standards for automobiles.

- Some visitation and funeral arrangements have been announced for former Rep. John Dingell, who died Thursday night at the age of 92. Debbie Dingell, herself a former auto industry lobbyist.

The Michigan Democrat was a driving force behind many key liberal laws, notably health programmes. "He will be remembered for his decades of public service to the people of Southeast Michigan, his razor sharp wit, and a lifetime of dedication to improving the lives of all who walk this Earth". The Democrat was a master of legislative deal-making and a staunch advocate for the US auto industry.

Dingell also excoriated the concept of term limits that day and proclaimed his pride in being a part of a "political dynasty" that held his U.S. House district for more than eighty years. "It used to bother my wife, but oversight was something we did uniquely well".

In the op-ed, he recalled how legislation like the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, Medicare and the Affordable Care Act ― all laws he helped pass ― transformed the USA during his time in office. His hometown, the Detroit suburb of Dearborn, was home to a Ford Motor Co. factory that was once the largest in the world.

Yet one of his proudest moments came in 2010, when he sat next to Obama as the historic $938 billion health care overhaul was signed into law.