On February 7th, 2019, former member of the United States House of Representatives John Dingell has passed away at the age of 92. Dingell worked in Congress, representing Michigan for over 59 years, which made him the longest serving Congressman in history. Dingell entered hospice care on Wednesday, February 6th. He was diagnosed with a form of prostate cancer. His wife, Debbie Dingell, informed the world that they are entering a “new phase” over Twitter. This was a very heartbreaking story to hear.
His death has been confirmed by the Michigan State Governor, where she tweeted “Today, the great State of Michigan said farewell to one of our greatest leaders. John Dingell will forever be remembered as ‘The Dean’ of Congress not simply for the length of his service, but for his unparalleled record of legislative accomplishments.”
Born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, he grew up with a good education and supportive family. He started his career in 1932 when he was elected as the representative for Michigan's newly founded 15th District. He then went on to be re-elected 29 times until his retirement in 2018. His wife, Debbie, took his chair in the House of Representatives. He remained a public figure for a long time after his retirement.