Washington mourns former Rep. John Dingell

Former presidents, colleagues in Congress share tributes to the Detroit Democrat

Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., attends a news conference in the Capitol Visitor Center in 2011 to recognize the 46th anniversary of Medicare. (Tom Williams/Roll Call file photo)

The longest-serving member of Congress in history, Rep. John Dingell made an indelible impact on Capitol Hill, the nation’s laws and those who served with him. 

“John Dingell's life reminds us that change does not always come in a flash, but instead with a steady, determined effort,” former President Barack Obama said.

“He had a tradition of introducing legislation on the first day of each new Congress to guarantee health care for every single American. Because of him, we’ve come closer to that vision than ever before,” Obama said in a statement Thursday after news broke of Dingell’s death at 92.

Former President George W. Bush said he had spoken to Dingell on Thursday and said he thanked him “for being an example to those who have followed him into the public arena.”

“He was a gentleman who showed great respect for our country and her people. He represented his district with decency and honor,” Bush said in a statement.

Later in life, Dingell became known to a younger generation for his wit on Twitter. On Thursday night, Washington tweeted out tributes to the Detroit Democrat.

Former President Barack Obama

Former President Bill Clinton

Former Vice President Joe Biden

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer

Former Sen. Hillary Clinton

Sen. Rob Portman

Rep. Dave Loebsack

Rep. Fred Upton

Rep. Bob Latta

Rep. John Moolenaar

Sen. Gary Peters

Rep. Adam Schiff

Rep. Justin Amash

Sen. Sherrod Brown

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Rep. Carolyn Maloney

Sen. Amy Klobuchar

Sen. Jeff Merkley

Rep. Eric Swalwell

Rep. Michael Burgess

Rep. Ted Deutch


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