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John Dingell, the Democratic congressman who represented MI for 59 years until he retired in 2015 as the longest-serving member of Congress in history, has died, his wife, U.S. Rep. Rep. John Dingell, who died Thursday at age 92.

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Debbie Dingell, 65, was elected to fill his congressional seat in 2014.

Former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in a joint statement that Dingell "represented the people of MI with honor, integrity, great good humor, and an unequaled ability to get good legislation passed".

Congressman Dingell was a longtime supporter of universal health care, a cause he adopted from his late father, whom he replaced in Congress in 1955. Colleen and I are grieving with Debbie and the Dingell family as we remember the extraordinary Dean of the House.

"He was very John Dingell in what he had to say, made them both laugh and gave them very clear serious instructions".

In the op-ed, he recalled how legislation like the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, Medicare and the Affordable Care Act ― all laws he helped pass ― transformed the US during his time in office. In 2014, Dingell told Politico Magazine, "If you look, you'll find that what I did was make these laws tolerant for industry".

Before John died, Debbie tweeted earlier this week that she would not be in Washington, D.C., and was home with him "taking each day as it comes".

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He also got in a few digs against President Donald Trump and critics of social programs.

His peers in MI and beyond remembered Dingell following the announcement of his death. Sen. If congress were filled entirely with John Dingells, this country would be the just and equal place it purports to be. Dingell died at his home in Dearborn, said his wife, U.S. Rep.

"Everywhere I go, I run into people have dealt with my father." he said. The young Dingell then served as a House page and attended the Capitol Page School from 1938 to 1943.

In a joint statement, Bill and Hillary Clinton said that they "are grateful to have had the chance to work with him, to celebrate his becoming the longest-serving member of Congress in history, and most of all, to call him our friend".

Explaining his decision to retire in 2015, he said back then: "I don't want people to be sorry for me".

"Dingell was one of the key architects - for almost 60 years in the House! - in the movement that's become Medicare-for-All", Diamond wrote Wednesday after news broke that Dingell had entered hospice care.

Along with his wife, Dingell is survived by two daughters, two sons, one of whom served 15 years in the Michigan Legislature, and several grandchildren.