Former US Congressman John Dingell dies at 92

Former US Congressman John Dingell dies at 92

Former US Congressman John Dingell dies at 92

He didn't run for re-election for a 30th term in 2014 and was succeeded by his wife, Debbie Dingell, a former General Motors Co. executive. He described Dingell as a "tireless advocate" who fought for clean air, clean water, consumer protections and financial regulations throughout his almost six decades in Congress. Former President Barack Obama eulogized the late congressman that served alongside him during his presidency.

Dingell was the longest-serving member of Congress in history, according to The Detroit News. He retired in 2015.

Another probe led to the resignation of former Stanford University President Donald Kennedy after the school misused hundreds of millions of dollars in federal research funds.

At other times, he openly mocked the Republican commander in chief.

Patrick Butler, president and CEO of America's Public Television Stations, said in a statement that Dingell "set a standard of public service that will be hard to match". On Thursday, after reports that he had entered hospice care, he tweeted that his wife would be taking over his feed after "long negotiations" and added "you're not done with me yet".

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Critics called him overpowering and intimidating, a reputation boosted by the head of a 500-pound wild boar that looked at visitors to his Washington office.

"It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of John David Dingell, Jr., former Michigan Congressman and longest-serving member of the United States Congress", Debbie Dingell's office said in a statement. He built a following of more than 250,000 users, dwarfing that of many current members of Congress. When asked to describe the scope of his panel's authority, Dingell was known to point to a NASA photo of Earth, taken from space. And he was fiercely protective of his committee's territory.

Among the landmark laws he supported were Medicare, the Endangered Species Act and the Clean Water Act. He eventually co-sponsored the Clean Air Act of 1990, which clamped down further on tailpipe emissions from cars. He helped broker a compromise that set the standards at 35 miles per gallon, a 40 percent increase, by 2020.

Rep. John Dingell was seated next to President Barack Obama when he signed the Affordable Care Act into law at the White House on March 23, 2010. They met on a flight between Detroit and Washington. He was a lion of the United States Congress and a loving son, father, husband, grandfather, and friend. His first date with his wife, Debbie, a former prominent Democratic activist whom he affectionately introduced as "the lovely Deborah", was a performance of the American Ballet Theater. "He will be incredibly missed, but John Dingell will never be forgotten".

The family moved to Detroit, where Dingell's father worked at the Free Press newspaper and in 1932 won election to Congress as a Democrat.

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) chimed in as well, recalling how Dingell "left an impression with everyone he met". Dingell, a World War II-era Army veteran, will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C. The couple divorced in the 1970s, and Helen died in 2016. He was 92 years old. As a young legislator, he presided over the House during the vote to approve Medicare in 1965.

In 1982, his second year as chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, he demanded documents from the EPA regarding its Superfund toxic-waste cleanup fund. Burford, following instructions from Reagan, refused to comply and became the highest executive-branch official charged with contempt of Congress. Months later, she resigned. "Staff has now informed me of what a Kardashian is", he wrote. The subcommittee accused Deaver of lying in his testimony and referred the matter to an independent counsel. Dingell represented the powerful auto industry in southeastern MI and opposed many efforts to require safety equipment and fuel and emission standards.

In the piece Dingell reflected on the accomplishments and progress he was not only witness to, but which he helped fight for, and author. "It was simply not possible to do".

Obama, a Democrat, lauded Dingell for his steady, determined efforts over a long career to bring change.

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