Longest Serving Congressperson John Dingell Dead at 92

Longest Serving Congressperson John Dingell Dead at 92

(Crystal A. Proxmire, Feb. 7, 2019)

Dearborn, MI – Former Representative John Dingell served in Congress for nearly six decades, leaving the seat now held by his wife Debbie Dingell after serving from 1955 to 2015.  He died Thursday at the age of 92.

Among his accomplishments was serving on the Energy and Commerce Committee for nearly 58 years, including 15 as Chairperson.  This made Dingell the longest-serving member on any Congressional committee.  Dingell also developed a Twitter following later in life, with 259,000 people following his sometimes-humorous political tweets.

Dingell was born July 8, 1926 in Colorado Springs, CO.  His father was elected to the House of Representatives in 1932, and Dingell got the taste for politics working as a House page. His family moved to Michigan where his father continued his political career by running for Congress again.  Dingell was 29 years old when his father died while in office in 1955, and he won a special election at the age of 29 to fill his father’s seat.

Most recently Dingell served in the 12th Congressional District which includes Ann Arbor, Dearborn, Grosse Ile, Lincoln Park, Taylor, Wyandotte and Ypsilanti.

“The people of Michigan are mourning the loss of a tremendous leader, icon and friend today. Despite leaving office four years ago, Congressman Dingell remained a staple of modern political discourse, offering his witty insight and encouragement in times of despair. My sincerest condolences go out to Congresswoman Dingell and the rest of their family and friends as they grapple with this heartbreaking loss. His steadfast spirit, resilience, and enormous heart will continue to serve as an inspiration to us all,” said Michigan House Democratic Leader Christine Greig of Farmington Hills.

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has ordered U.S. and Michigan flags within the State Capitol Complex and on all state buildings to be lowered to half-staff on Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, to honor Dingell.

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