John Dingell

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John Dingell
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43rd Dean of the United States House of Representatives
In office
January 3, 1995 – January 3, 2015
Preceded byJamie Whitten
Succeeded byJohn Conyers
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan
In office
December 13, 1955 – January 3, 2015
Preceded byJohn Dingell Sr.
Succeeded byDebbie Dingell
Constituency15th district (1955–1965)
16th district (1965–2003)
15th district (2003–2013)
12th district (2013–2015)
Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee
In office
January 3, 2007 – January 3, 2009
Preceded byJoe Barton
Succeeded byHenry Waxman
In office
January 3, 1981 – January 3, 1995
Preceded byHarley Orrin Staggers
Succeeded byThomas J. Bliley Jr.
Ranking Member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee
In office
January 3, 1995 – January 3, 2007
Preceded byCarlos Moorhead
Succeeded byJoe Barton
Personal details
John David Dingell Jr.

(1926-07-08)July 8, 1926
Colorado Springs, Colorado, U.S.
DiedFebruary 7, 2019(2019-02-07) (aged 92)
Dearborn, Michigan, U.S.
Resting placeArlington National Cemetery
Political partyDemocratic
Helen Henebry
(m. 1952; div. 1972)

Debbie Insley (m. 1981)
Children4, including Christopher
RelativesJohn D. Dingell Sr. (father)
EducationGeorgetown University (BS, JD)
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Army
Years of service1944–1946
RankUS-O1 insignia.svg Second Lieutenant
Battles/warsWorld War II

John David "Johnny" Dingell, Jr. (July 8, 1926 – February 7, 2019) was an American politician. He served in the United States House of Representatives from December 13, 1955 to January 3, 2015. He is the longest-serving member of Congress. He was the longest ever to serve exclusively in the House.

Dingell was born on July 8, 1926 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.[1] He served in the military during World War II. He is the last member of Congress to have been a veteran of World War II, the other is Ralph Hall. Hall also left Congress in 2015. He studied at Georgetown University. Dingell and his wife, Deborah, had a son named Christopher.

Dingell announced on February 24, 2014 that he would not seek re-election to a 30th term in Congress.[2] His wife announced to run for his congressional seat and won the election in November 4, 2014. His spouse was the first to replace a spouse in Congress, while the spouse is alive.

He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2014 by President Barack Obama.

Dingell died of prostate cancer in hospice care in Dearborn, Michigan on February 7, 2019, aged 92.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. Roll Call, Member profile, John Dingell, accessed december 27, 2012
  2. Finley, Nolan (February 24, 2014). "Michigan's Dingell won't seek re-election to Congress". The Detroit News. Archived from the original on March 21, 2014. Retrieved April 19, 2014.
  3. "Political giant John Dingell, a congressional legend, dies". Retrieved February 8, 2019.

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