“The Dean” John Dingell dies at 92

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“The Dean” John Dingell dies at 92

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On February 7, 2019 former Representative John Dingell died at the age of 92. Dingell was born in Colorado Springs on July 8, 1926.  John grew up in Michigan and in 1944 at 18 years old he signed up for the US army.  

John Dingell represented Detroit in Congress for 59 years. He has the record for longest length of service in congressional history. John Dingell was originally elected in 1955 to take the seat over from his father who died. Over the year John represented the 12th, 15th and 16th districts until his retirement in 2015. In 1995 Dingell become the Dean of the House of Representatives.  

John Dingell was a moderately liberal member of the Democratic party. He was a supporter of organized labor and social welfare. He also supported civil rights bills and desegregation. John was an avid hunter and opposed gun control. He had close ties to the automotive industry and during the great recession advocated for a bail out for the big three.     

In his years of retirement, John became an active Twitter user and gained a large following attacking Republicans with his witty and sarcastic posts.   

John Dingell is survived by his wife Debbie Dingell and his four children.