"He has helped pass some of the most important laws of the last half-century, from Medicare to the Civil Rights Act to the Clean Air Act to the Affordable Care Act, and he continues to fight for workers’ rights, access to affordable healthcare, and the preservation of our environment for future generations to enjoy," the president continued. "Michelle and I send our warmest wishes to John and his family, and I look forward to congratulating him in person at the White House next week."

BoehnerJohn BoehnerLast Congress far from ‘do-nothing’ Top aide: Obama worried about impeachment for Syria actions An anti-government ideologue like Mulvaney shouldn't run OMB MORE 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.

Leaders in the House and Senate will hold an event commemorating Dingell next week in Statuary Hall.