Michigan Democrat John Dingell, the longest-serving member of Congress in USA history who fought for years for key liberal causes including healthcare expansion and civil rights - and who more recently delighted his 264,000 followers on Twitter with biting commentary and wit - died Thursday at home in Dearborn. "We are a stronger, safer, healthier nation because of Congressman Dingell's 59 years of service, and his work will continue to improve the lives of Michiganders for generations to come".
After his retirement, Debbie Dingell succeeded her husband and now represents Michigan's 12th Congressional District, carrying on the family's longstanding legacy in MI politics.
Dingell was succeeded in his seat by his wife, Rep. He built a following of more than 250,000 users, dwarfing that of many current members of Congress.
Dubbed "Big John" for his imposing 6-foot-3 frame and sometimes intimidating manner, former Rep. John Dingell bolstered that reputation with the head of a 500-pound wild boar that greeted visitors to his Washington office. In more recent years, he became known for his witty Twitter account and criticism of President Donald Trump's administration. The Detroit News reported members of Congress remembered the Democrat on the House floor.
John David Dingell Jr. was born on July 8, 1926, in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the first of three children of John Dingell and the former Grace Bigler. After a brief stint in the Army near the end of World War II, the younger Dingell earned his bachelor's and law degrees from Georgetown University.
His first marriage, in 1952, to former airline stewardess Helen Henebry, produced four children: John, Chris, Jennifer and Jeanne, who died in 2015.
Mr Dingell was 29 when he won a special election for his father's seat after the latter's sudden death in 1955. Dingell resumed his father's practice of proposing, at the start of every Congress, legislation to provide universal health insurance, and he presided over the House when it passed Medicare.
In 2008, Waxman ousted Dingell from the chairmanship of the full committee. The president also used Twitter to extend sympathies to Debbie Dingell and other family members.
Dingell called the sentence too light.
"In democratic government, elected officials do not have power", he said.
In 1993, Dingell's committee became the battleground for Bill Clinton's bid to create a national health-care system.
"John Dingell was a giant legislator on behalf of the people", said House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer.
US President Barack Obama presents the Medal of Freedom to Rep. John Dingell (D-MI) during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House on November 24, 2014 in Washington, DC. "It was simply not possible to do".
"He was very John Dingell in what he had to say, made them both laugh and gave them very clear serious instructions".
Obama, a Democrat, lauded Dingell for his steady, determined efforts over a long career to bring change.