Political giant John Dingell dies at 92

Political giant John Dingell dies at 92

His 57 years, five months and 26 days broke by one day the record set by the West Virginia Senator Robert Byrd, who had died in office in 2010. He was then re-elected to 29 more congressional sessions until he decided not to run for re-election in 2014. That's 11 presidencies, from Eisenhower to Obama.

For his service, Dingell received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's greatest civilian award, by President Barack Obama on November 24, 2014.

Debbie Dingell announced his passing in a statement. He was a maker of it.

And while his name was not familiar to many, his impact on the nation, and on health care in particular, was huge.

The Michigan Democrat was a lion in the House for decades and a longtime committee chairman. He was a mentor to me and countless others who sought to give back to their communities.

"It was always a relief for me to know that when he and I met with the Senate in conference, we were talking from the same page, believed in the same things, and we were going to fight together", Waxman said in 2009. "You have to be very, very sure of your target, and then when you get your chance, don't miss".

Gov. Holcomb also asks businesses and residents across the state to lower their flags to half-staff to honor him.

Dingell and his health subcommittee chairman, California Democrat Henry Waxman, fought endlessly over energy and environmental issues.

He pressed for national health insurance and battled fellow Democrats over their efforts to crack down on air pollution.

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'I want to thank you all for your incredibly kind words and prayers. "You're not done with me yet".

Dingell tweeted from his Twitter account on Wednesday: 'The Lovely Deborah is insisting I rest and stay off here, but after long negotiations we've worked out a deal where she'll keep up with Twitter for me as I dictate the messages.

He has also become active on Twitter in his retirement, regularly tweeting about politics and the University of MI football team he loves.

Dingell has been in and out of the hospital multiple times since retiring from Congress. Debbie Dingell, said her husband died at their home in Dearborn, a Detroit suburb.

"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.

John Dingell Jr., the longest-serving member of Congress in USA history, a champion of expanding health care coverage and a staunch ally to the US auto industry, died Thursday, according to his wife, Debbie Dingell. He was a towering figure in this institution and left a mark that few can match. The church is located on 22430 Michigan Ave and will be open to the public. "In this hour of mourning, may God provide comfort to Debbie and the entire Dingell family".

"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".

John David Dingell Jr. was born on July 8, 1926, in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the first of three children of John Dingell and the former Grace Bigler. Dingell had introduced a universal health care coverage bill in each of his terms, and said one of his proudest moments was sitting next to Obama as he signed the law. He also was known as a dogged pursuer of government waste and fraud, and even helped take down two top presidential aides while leading the investigative arm of the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee, which he chaired for 14 years.

"He taught me how to shoot a rifle", former Ohio Rep. Dennis Eckhart told The Associated Press in 2009. "It used to bother my wife, but oversight was something we did uniquely well". He served Michigan's 12th District in parts of Wayne and Washtenaw counties.

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