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US: Longest serving Congress member John D Dingell Jr passes away at 92

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Longest-serving member of in the history of United States, John D Jr who used his power in the 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.

A Democrat, announced in 2014 that he not seek a 30th full term in and was succeeded by his wife, Debbie Dingell, reported

The office of announced the news of Dingell's demise stating that he had complications from

The then-awarded with Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country's highest civilian honour, in November 2014.

"It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of John David Dingell, Jr., former and longest-serving member of the

"Dingell died peacefully today at his home in Dearborn, surrounded by his wife He was a lion of the 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

Dingell had also served as the 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 while in office.

The Michigan Democrat also served on the Energy and 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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First Published: Fri, February 08 2019. 11:29 IST