Published: Sun, February 10, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Remembering the Twitter legacy of former Michigan Rep. John Dingell

Remembering the Twitter legacy of former Michigan Rep. John Dingell

John Dingell, a gruff Michigan Democrat who entered the U.S. House of Representatives in 1955 to finish his late father's term and became a legislative heavyweight and longest-serving member of Congress, died on Thursday, Michigan lawmakers said. Many will remember him as the longest-serving Congress member in USA history and an expert legislative negotiator.

His wife, Rep. Debbie Dingell, added that she was with him at their home in Dearborn.

In the op-ed, he recalled how legislation like the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, Medicare and the Affordable Care Act ― all laws he helped pass ― transformed the USA during his time in office.

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

From 1981 until 2009, Dingell was the top-ranking Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee. She was absent during President Donald Trump's State of the Union address in Washington, DC, on Tuesday evening.

"I think he will go down in history as one of the most impactful members of the United States Congress", said Democratic Caucus Chair Hakeem Jeffries of NY.

John David Dingell Jr. was born July 8, 1926 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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John Dingell worked as a House page from 1938 to 1943 and then served in the military for two years. After a brief stint in the Army near the end of World War II, the younger Dingell earned his bachelor's and law degrees from Georgetown University. The couple divorced in the 1970s, and Helen died in 2016. But after the death of his father in 1955, 29-year-old Dingell followed in his political footsteps, winning a special election to succeed John Sr.

"He had a long tradition of introducing legislation on the first day of each new Congress to guarantee health care for every single American". And trust me he knew exactly what he wanted, when he wanted it and we did it his way.

Dingell, in his later years, used Twitter as an outlet for his quick wit. The subcommittee accused Deaver of lying in his testimony and referred the matter to an independent counsel. A member of the Democratic party, he supported comprehensive healthcare legislation, supported Civil Rights, and fought against government fraud.

In 1993, Dingell's committee became the battleground for Bill Clinton's bid to create a national health-care system.

John Dingell recently released a memoir called: 'The Dean, the Best Seat in the House'. "It was simply not possible to do".

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

"As I prepare to leave this all behind, I now leave you in control of the greatest nation of mankind and pray God gives you the wisdom to understand the responsibility you hold in your hands", Dingell's message concluded.

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