Longest-serving US Congressperson dies at 92

Longest-serving US Congressperson dies at 92

In a Washington Post op-ed published the day after his death, former Congressman John Dingell Jr. reflected on Congress' progressive accomplishments and reminded readers that lawmakers serve at the pleasure of the American people.

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He was first elected in 1955 and announced in 2014 that he would not be seeking a 30th term in the House.

Aided by powerful allies like Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi in Congress, Democratic president Bill Clinton repealed two of the four planks of Glass-Steagall in 1999.

Dingell worked alongside 11 presidents for almost six decades in the U.S. House of Representatives.

John Dingell responded: 'Buddy, I think you might want to sit this one out'.

So with that, we give you the greatest hits of John Dingell's colorful Twitter legacy.

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He played a key role in helping pass signature pieces of 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.

Those who worked for Dingell said he was never just a boss. Whitmer issued a statement in a news release Thursday night. John Dingell was the longest-serving Democrat in the House of Representatives at the time of his retirement in 2015.

After John was released, Debbie tweeted a photo of him sitting in a wheelchair wearing a University of MI sweatsuit and flashing a thumbs up.

Dingell's wife said on Twitter that she skipped Tuesday's State of the Union address in Washington to be with him as his health declined.

In his later years as a legislator, Dingell navigated Capitol Hill in a motorized scooter bearing a vanity plate emblazoned with the words "THE DEAN", the title for the longest-serving member of the House. Debbie Dingell, says her husband will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery.

Dingell, who had a heart attack in September, had entered hospice care earlier this week, a source close to the family confirmed to CBS News. "I remember he said shooting a rifle is a lot like legislating", former Ohio Rep. Dennis Eckhart told The Associated Press in 2009. He was hospitalized but was soon "cracking jokes as usual", his wife said at the time. Unable to sway a handful of Democrats who opposed mandating universal coverage - and unwilling to compromise on that point - Dingell notified the House speaker, Thomas Foley, that he couldn't muster the votes to produce legislation.

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