Longest-serving member of Congress in the history of United States, John D Dingell Jr who used his power in the House of Representatives to expose government fraud and defend the interests of his home state Michigan's automobile industry, died on February 7 at the age of 92.
"Congressman Dingell died peacefully today at his home in Dearborn, surrounded by his wife Deborah. He was a lion of the United States Congress and a loving son, father, husband, grandfather, and friend. He will be remembered for his decades of public service to the people of Southeast Michigan, his razor-sharp wit, and a lifetime of dedication to improving the lives of all who walk this earth," the office of his wife, Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Michigan, said in a statement as quoted by CNN.
Dingell had also served as the representative from Michigan's 15th Congressional District since 1955, when he won a special election to replace his father, John D Dingell Sr, a New Deal Democrat who died of tuberculosis while in office.
The Michigan Democrat also served on the Energy and Commerce Committee for nearly 58 years, making him the longest-serving member on any congressional committee. He was the 0chairman of the committee for more than 15 years.
Dingell also played a key role in helping pass important legislation such as the Civil Rights Act, Medicare, the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, the Endangered Species Act and the Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare.
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