John Dingell Dictated Final Public Words to Wife: 'God Bless America'

Rep. John Dingell to break record in Congress

Rep. John Dingell to break record in Congress

After Dingell announced his retirement, his wife, Debbie Dingell, ran for his seat and won, replacing him in 2015.

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Dingell, 92, passed away on Thursday at his home in Dearborn, Michigan.

"He was my love", Debbie Dingell said by phone late Thursday, sobbing.

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

In 1993, during the effort by President Bill Clinton to pass major health reform, as the heads of the three main committees that oversee health issues argued over which would lead the effort, Dingell famously proclaimed of his panel, "We have health". Both events will be open to the public.

Under Dingell's leadership, the Energy and Commerce Committee handled an estimated 40 percent of all House bills on topics such as securities markets, telecommunications, railroads and consumer protection.

"I've gotten more death threats around here than I can remember", Dingell told the AP in a 1995 interview.

Born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on July 8, 1926, John David Dingell Jr. grew up in MI, where his father was elected to Congress as a "New Deal" Democrat in 1932.

Dingell did not win all of his legislative fights. At Georgetown University, he earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry in 1949 and a law degree three years later.

"I think he will go down in history as one of the most impactful members of the United States Congress", said Democratic Caucus Chair Hakeem Jeffries of NY.

After his father died while in office 1955, Dingell was elected to the seat in a special election at the age of 29. "I was a working-class kid from a Polish neighbourhood in Detroit, and this was quite an event for me", Dingell told Time magazine at the time.

Obama awarded Dingell the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2014.

Dingell, who served his final year as a representative in 2015, suffered a heart attack in September and was receiving hospice care on Wednesday, according to several reports.

His wife Debbie said at the time: 'He's alert and in good spirits, cracking jokes like always'.

Rep Rick Larsen (D-Wash.) described Dingell as a "titan of the House" and also gave a nod to his Twitter presence.

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