Dignitaries praise former Congressman John Dingell


"He is my love and we have been a team for almost 40 years", said Dingell.

Debbie Dingell's office released a statement yesterday saying John "died peacefully" at his Dearborn home Thursday night. He was active on social media, often offering witty commentary on current events (Greenwire, May 18, 2018).

An avid hunter who opposed his party on gun-control measures, Dingell helped write the 1973 Endangered Species Act and the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, which led to creation of the EPA.

John and Debbie Dingell had been married since 1981. 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.

Tributes poured in from current and former politicians in both parties. She stepped down after refusing to share subpoenaed documents with a House subcommittee investigating a Superfund toxic waste program.

Former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in a joint statement that Dingell "represented the people of MI with honor, integrity, great good humor, and an unequaled ability to get good legislation passed". On behalf of himself and his wife, former first lady Michelle Obama, he sent his sympathies to the Dingell family and everyone whose life was made better by Dingell's service.

One of his most recent tweets was a classic insight for new members of Congress.

Waxman won that contest, designating Dingell as "chairman emeritus" and forgoing his right to claim a Capitol office suite as a consolation prize.

Efforts to pass a companion bill through the Senate collapsed the following year, effectively ending congressional efforts to legislate on climate after the House flipped to Republican control in 2011. And I think it was born out of his willingness to be a real leader, and sometimes tell people things they didn't want to hear.

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"He wanted to make sure we all knew we are all part of this great democracy", she wrote on Saturday.

"Today, we have lost a beloved pillar of the Congress and one of the greatest legislators in American history", House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement. I just remember John was this big booming presence. 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".