RIP John Dingell: Longest-serving member of Congress passed away on Thursday

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He dedicated the op-ed to his wife, Rep.

Michigan Democrat John Dingell, the longest-serving member of Congress in us 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.

"Friends and colleagues know me and know I would be in Washington right now unless something was up", she said.

The Michigan Democrat was a lion in the House for decades and a longtime committee chairman.

- In retirement former U.S. Rep. John Dingell's rapier wit had a fitting platform in the social media age. The Democrat was a master of legislative deal-making and a staunch advocate for the USA auto industry.

Dingell, who served in the U.S. House for 59 years before retiring in 2014, died Thursday at his home in Dearborn, said his wife, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell.

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The historian for the House of Representatives noted that Dingell served with 2,427 members of the House, or 22 percent of the House's total membership, 11 presidents, and 11 speakers of the House.

Tributes poured in following Dingell's death, including from former USA presidents, colleagues and some of his more than 250,000 Twitter followers.

Dingell also discussed his personal views of power, palpably showing his reverence for the position of public trust the voters had given him, and the responsibilities it came with.

As the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee in 1981-94 and 2007-08, Dingell wielded substantial influence over legislation that would affect the auto industry. I have one particular recollection. "And he's a great tweeter as well". On Thursday, after reports that he had entered hospice care, he tweeted that his wife would be taking over his feed after "long negotiations" and added "you're not done with me yet". He built a following of more than 250,000 users, dwarfing that of many current members of Congress.

After John was released, Debbie tweeted a photo of him sitting in a wheelchair wearing a University of MI sweatsuit and flashing a thumbs up. "You're not done with me just yet".

In a Washington Post opinion piece, Dingell mentioned issues such as pollution, the consumption of hazardous foods, drugs and chemicals, and racial discrimination that plagued America's history. "I thanked him for his service to our country and for being an example to those who have followed him into the public arena".

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Dingell favored abolishing the Senate, where legislation faces a higher threshold for passage and combining the two chambers into one. "But it has a nice ring to it, doesn't it?"

Debbie Dingell announced his passing in a statement.

The political legacy of the Baby Boomer generation is bucking the post-Great Depression and post-WWII status quo-all while claiming that their way is how it's always been-despite older folks like John Dingell raising the alarm about repealing policies which have proven to work. They're not. This is how we arrive at a situation where one of America's most respected journalists (a literal Vanderbilt-a family famed for their excess in the Gilded Age) goes on 60 Minutes and asserts that a plan to tax the top income bracket at 20% less than a wildly popular Republican president did in the 1950s is "radical".

Please note: All of these challenges were addressed by Congress.

In December 1955, at 29, Dingell won a special election to succeed his father, who had died three months earlier, in his 12th term.

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