By Justin Sink
Boehner heralded the Michigan lawmaker as "one of the greats and the very definition of a man of the House."
"His devotion to his constituents and his country, the many battles he’s fought and won on behalf of the American people, and the sheer joy he takes in his work have made him synonymous with this institution," Boehner continued. "I’m honored to call John a good friend, and I know the whole House joins me in congratulating him on this milestone.”
President Clinton also tweeted his congratulations to the congressman.
20,997 days and no signs of slowing. Thanks @john_dingell for all you've done – and will continue to do – to build a stronger America.— Bill Clinton (@billclinton) June 7, 2013
Leaders in the House and Senate will hold an event commemorating Dingell next week in Statuary Hall.