Longest-serving Congress member John Dingell dies at 92

John Dingell speaks at a 2013 press conference

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A funeral and a public memorial will be held next week to honor former U.S. Rep. John Dingell, the longest-serving member of Congress in U.S. history.

On Wednesday, Dingell's wife Rep.

John Dingell, the MI representative whose 59-year tenure in Congress was the longest in history, earning him clout he used to champion USA carmakers, has died, He was 92.

"In democratic government, elected officials do not have power", he said.

President Donald Trump has extended his sympathies to Rep.

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.

Not five decades ago, much of the largest group of freshwater lakes on Earth - our own Great Lakes - were closed to swimming and fishing and other recreational pursuits because of chemical and bacteriological contamination from untreated industrial and wastewater disposal.

Dingell served in the House of Representatives for 59 years and 22 days, from 1955 to 2015.

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.

He also played a key role in the creation of Medicare, the government-sponsored health programme for the elderly and disabled and was an early supporter of universal healthcare legislation, including President Obama's 2010 healthcare law. While we didn't always agree on issues, I enjoyed Congressman Dingell's company and admired his patriotism, his love for our state, and our shared love for the University of MI. "And he's a great tweeter as well".

His last post was the day before his death, in which he wrote: "You're not done with me just yet".

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

Trump has been the subject of his criticism in recent years, but more broadly, Dingell has been knocking what he describes as a decline in institutionalism.

"I've gotten more death threats around here than I can remember", Dingell told The Associated Press in a 1995 interview. "His respect for his constituents, his colleagues of both parties, and the institutions of Congress are a valuable reminder today of what a noble calling public service can be".

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 will take a national movement, starting at the grassroots level, and will require massive organizing, strategic voting, and strong leadership over the course of a generation", he wrote.

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

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.

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