“It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of John David Dingell, Jr., former Michigan Congressman and longest-serving member of the United States Congress,” the office of his wife, Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Michigan, said in a statement. “Congressman Dingell died peacefully today at his home in Dearborn, surrounded by his wife Deborah. He was a lion of the United States Congress and a loving son, father, husband, grandfather, and friend. He will be remembered for his decades of public service to the people of Southeast Michigan, his razor sharp wit, and a lifetime of dedication to improving the lives of all who walk this earth.”
The Congressman passed away the evening of February 7.
Dingell served in the House of Representatives for 59 years and 22 days, from 1955 to 2015. According to the House historian’s office, he served with 11 presidents and cast 28,551 votes. Of that time, he served on the Energy and Commerce Committee for nearly 58 years, making Dingell the longest serving member on any congressional committee. He served as chairman of the committee for more than 15 years.
“Congressman John Dingell was a one of a kind statesman. He served this nation well and was true to his convictions. He was a good friend to broadcasters and deeply believed in the first amendment and the value of the 4th Estate. We would meet with him often and he was always straight with us,” said MAB President Karole White. “He loved to discuss policy. He had a knowledge of telecommunication issues that was remarkable. Whether or not we agreed, we came away from our meetings with a more in depth perspective of all sides of an issues. Our most sincere condolences to Congresswoman Debbie Dingell and the family. We are all sad today.”
In 2014, Congressman Dingle was honored by the Michigan Association of Public Broadcasters (MAPB) during ceremonies at The Grand Hotel, Mackinaw Island for his contributions to public broadcasting. Below is a tribute video played during ceremonies.