Washington D.C.— February 7, 2019 — Congressman Eliot L. Engel issued the following statement on the passing of Congressman John Dingell II:
“Pat and I are deeply saddened by the passing of our friend, John Dingell. John was a giant in Congress, whose wit and wisdom could light up a room. I served with John for many years and watched him work up close as a Member of the Energy and Commerce Committee. He was a wonderful leader, a powerful legislator, and a good man. Our hearts go out to Debbie and the entire Dingell family.”
In Memoriam: July 8, 1926 – February 7, 2019
John Dingell II played a key role in landmark legislation, including the Civil Rights Act of 1957 and the Endangered Species Act. He was the longest serving member of Congress.
In Memoriam: (July 8, 1926 – February 7, 2019) John Dingell II was an American politician who served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from December 13, 1955, until January 3, 2015. A member of the Democratic Party, he was the longest-serving U.S. Congressperson, representing the State of Michigan for over 59 years. He represented Michigan throughout his congressional tenure and most recently served as the representative for Michigan’s 12 Congressional District.
Dingell began his congressional career representing Michigan’s 16th district by succeeding his father, John Dingell Sr., who had held the seat for 22 years. Having served for over 59 years, he has the longest Congressional tenure in U.S. history. World War II veterans to have served in Congress; the other is Texas Representative Ralph Hall, who also left Congress in 2015.