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Nevada flags at half-staff to honor Michigan Rep.

Nevada flags at half-staff to honor Michigan Rep.

John Dingell Jr., the longest-serving member of Congress in us history, a champion of expanding health care coverage and a staunch ally to the USA auto industry, died Thursday, according to his wife, Debbie Dingell. Many will remember him as the longest-serving Congress member in USA history and an expert legislative negotiator.

- As word spread of former MI congressman John Dingell's death, those who were close to him took a step back at his life and the legacy he leaves behind.

His wife, U.S. Rep. He built a following of more than 250,000 users, dwarfing that of many current members of Congress.

Dingell served as chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee for 16 years, where he pushed major legislation, including the breakup of telecommunications firm AT&T, cable deregulation, the Endangered Species Act and the Clean Air Act.

John Dingell, D-Mich. poses for a photograph inside his office in House Rayburn Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington.

"Friends and colleagues know me and know I would be in Washington right now unless something was up", she said. He spoke out often and harshly against President Donald Trump. The Detroit News reported members of Congress remembered the Democrat on the House floor.

John David Dingell Jr. was born July 8, 1926 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. At Georgetown University, he earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry in 1949 and a law degree three years later. The couple divorced in the 1970s, and Helen died in 2016.

After his father died while in office 1955, Dingell was elected to the seat in a special election at the age of 29.

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"He had a long tradition of introducing legislation on the first day of each new Congress to guarantee health care for every single American".

"Because of his father's legacy and his own leadership, in 1965, he gaveled Medicare into law", Pelosi said in a statement on Thursday night.

In 2008, Waxman ousted Dingell from the chairmanship of the full committee.

Dingell, in his later years, used Twitter as an outlet for his quick wit.

Dingell called the sentence too light. In democratic government, elected officials do not have power.

John Dingell responded: 'Buddy, I think you might want to sit this one out'. "It was simply not possible to do".

"As an original author of the Affordable Care Act, he helped give millions of families the peace of mind of knowing they won't lose everything if they get sick", Obama said in a statement in 2014 around Dingell's retirement, calling him "one of the most influential legislators of all time".


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