Former Michigan Rep. John Dingell earned loyalty from those who knew him

Former Michigan Rep. John Dingell earned loyalty from those who knew him

And when he became the longest-serving U.S. House member in history in 2009, Dingell recalled entering the chamber for the first time as a 6-year-old and being in awe of the East door.

Former U.S. Rep. John Dingell, the longest-serving member of Congress in American history who mastered legislative deal-making and was fiercely protective of Detroit's auto industry, has died.

The Colorado native served in the U.S. House from December 1955 until January 2015 - almost 60 years. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in November of 2014, according to FOX 17 Detroit affiliate FOX 2.

Debbie Dingell announced his passing in a statement. He was a maker of it. "The Dearborn men and women in blue were part of our family".

At the outset of his final term as chairman, Dingell clashed with Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) over her plans to create a select committee on climate change, which the turf-conscious chairman famously called "as useful as feathers on a fish". I will never forget his wise counsel as I learned my way around Congress...

John Dingell responded: 'Buddy, I think you might want to sit this one out'. "We will miss you Mr. Chairman".

A second funeral Mass will be held Thursday at 10:30 a.m.at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Washington.

"Today, the great State of MI said farewell to one of our greatest leaders".

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Representative Dingell passed away at the age of 92.

He pressed for national health insurance and battled fellow Democrats over their efforts to crack down on air pollution. And it's simply not possible for me to adequately repay the love that my friends, neighbors and family have given me and shown me during my public service and retirement.

"I want to thank you all for your incredibly kind words and prayers", he wrote on Twitter. "I was fortunate to speak to John Dingell this afternoon", Bush said in a statement on Thursday night.

President Donald Trump said Friday on Twitter that John Dingell was "highly respected" and had a "great reputation".

"He was an icon", Rep. Bill Huizenga, a Michigan Republican, said. And trust me he knew exactly what he wanted, when he wanted it and we did it his way.

Dingell has been in and out of the hospital multiple times since retiring from Congress.

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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