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09 February 2019, 04:24 | Silvia Roy
Political giant John Dingell dies at 92
Dingell represented parts of southeast MI for almost 60 years before retiring in 2014 as the longest-serving member of Congress in us history.
He held office for 59 years. Debbie Dingell, said her husband died at their home in Dearborn, a Detroit suburb.
Debbie Dingell's office released a statement yesterday saying John "died peacefully" at his Dearborn home Thursday night.
Dingell was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2018 and wanted to share a message with his social media followers after the hospice announcement. They hold power - in trust for the people who elected them.
Dingell has been in and out of the hospital multiple times since retiring from Congress.
His wife Debbie said at the time: 'He's alert and in good spirits, cracking jokes like always'. He gradually acquired seniority and clout, eventually becoming chairman of the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee and earning a reputation for being one of Washington's sharpest government watchdogs.
President Donald Trump marked the death of former Rep. Dingell had introduced a universal health care coverage bill in each of his terms.
Tributes poured in following Dingell's death, including from former US presidents, colleagues and some of his more than 250,000 Twitter followers.
For his service, Dingell received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's greatest civilian award, by President Barack Obama on November 24, 2014.
"He believed in an America that had room for everyone of us", said his son, Christopher Dingell.
During his almost five decades in Congress, Dingell was a staunch supporter of the auto industry.
Dingell's investigations helped lead to the criminal conviction of one of President Ronald Reagan's top advisers, Michael Deaver, for lying under oath, and to the resignation of Reagan's first environmental protection chief and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch's mother, Anne Gorsuch Burford.
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In 2007, Dingell proposed a carbon tax that would have hiked the price of gasoline by 63 cents a gallon. "You're not done with me just yet", Dingell tweeted on Wednesday. I went through the Depression as a boy.
"In my six decades in public service, I've seen many changes in our nation and its institutions".
And when the House passed what would become the Affordable Care Act in 2009, leaders named the legislation after him.
Also among his accomplishments, he counted helping to establish and expand the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge southwest of Detroit in an area dubbed Downriver- known more for its industry than its natural beauty.
"I was fighting for autoworkers long before I met Deborah", the congressman said in 2010, according to the Washington Post. Elected in 1955, following the sudden death of his congressman father, he had a front-row seat for the passage of landmark legislation including Medicare, the Endangered Species Act and the Clean Water Act, all of which he supported, as well as the Clean Air Act, which he was accused of stalling to help auto interests.
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