Political world mourns Dingell, longest-serving member of Congress

Politicians from both sides of the aisle paid tribute to former Rep. John DingellJohn DingellAlaskan becomes longest serving Republican in House history The Hill's 12:30 Report: Cohen back on the hot seat Cummings shows how oversight should be done - and that's bad news for Trump MORE (D-Mich.), the longest-serving member of Congress in history.

Dingell died Thursday at the age of 92 and had recently entered hospice care after a cancer diagnosis. He was first elected in 1955 and served in the House of Representatives until 2015. 

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"He was a lion of the United States Congress and a loving son, father, husband, grandfather and friend," the office of Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), Dingell's wife and successor in Congress, said in a statement. "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." 

Several high profile politicians honored Dingell’s service and accomplishments in Congress.

“John Dingell was the Dean of the House. He earned that title — not just because he was there the longest — but because he led with great moral courage and vision. He was a friend and I will miss him terribly. Debbie is in my prayers,” former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenElection analyst says Biden could face uphill battle attracting small-dollar donors Biden's announcement was a general election message, says political analyst Gillibrand 'not worried' about being 'discounted' in 2020 race MORE tweeted. 

“America has lost a beloved pillar of the Congress & one of the greatest legislators in our history. @JohnDingell’s entire life was lived in service to our country. His leadership played an important role in the passage of both #Medicare and the #ACA,” Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiDemocrats are playing voters on their fantasies for impeachment The Hill's Morning Report - Trump tells House investigators 'no' Seven big decisions facing Biden in 2020 primary MORE (D-Calif.), who served in the House with Dingell for almost 30 years, said. 

“No one fought harder to make health care a human right than @JohnDingell. He believed in the power of government to even out the arbitrary hard edges of life, and I’m lucky to have served with him and [learned] from him. RIP,” Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyOnly four Dem senators have endorsed 2020 candidates More than 30 Senate Dems ask Trump to reconsider Central American aid cuts Long-shot goal of nixing Electoral College picks up steam MORE (D-Conn.) tweeted.

“I’m sending my love to @RepDebDingell tonight as her heart has broken. @JohnDingell was the love of her life and the light of all ours. He was smart, good and wickedly funny. His legacy at the US House will live on - I’m grateful for the years I was lucky to learn from him,” Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), who served with both Dingells in the House, echoed.

“I was only lucky enough to serve alongside @JohnDingell for one term but will always appreciate the example he set for the next generation of lawmakers. He was a true statesman, great human being, & had a great sense of humor. We’re praying for you & your family, @RepDebDingell,” Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.) said.

“John Dingell left a lasting impression with everyone he met. As the longest serving member of the House in history, he will be missed and remembered for his lifetime of service. Farewell to the Dean of the House and deepest condolences to his wife @RepDebDingell,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump tells House investigators 'no' NSA recommends ending mass phone data collection program: report Watchdog: Custodial staff alleged sexual harassment in lawmakers' offices MORE (R-Calif.) said.

“John Dingell was a giant. His fingerprints are on countless pieces of legislation that form the framework for our country, and no one told a better story. He will be missed but he will never be forgotten. Thinking of @RepDebDingell and his family today,” Rep. Joe KennedyJoseph (Joe) Patrick KennedyOvernight Defense: Transgender troops rally as ban nears | Trump may call more troops to border | National Guard expects 3M training shortfall from border deployment | Pentagon to find housing for 5,000 migrant children Transgender troops rally as Pentagon prepares to implement ban The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by Pass USMCA Coalition — Trump rallies for second term on 'promises kept' MORE III (D-Mass.) said. 

“Rest In Peace, @JohnDingell. A leader who believed in the power and the obligation of the legislative branch to improve the lives of Americans. May his memory, and his example be a blessing for all of us,” Sen. Brian SchatzBrian Emanuel SchatzAnti-smoking advocates question industry motives for backing higher purchasing age Hillicon Valley: Washington preps for Mueller report | Barr to hold Thursday presser | Lawmakers dive into AI ethics | FCC chair moves to block China Mobile | Dem bill targets 'digital divide' | Microsoft denies request for facial recognition tech Lawmakers, tech set for clash over AI MORE (D-Hawaii) tweeted.

.@RepDebDingell - my deepest condolences and love to you and your family upon losing the love of your life. @JohnDingell was a hero and warrior who made the world a better place. He will be missed but his legacy lives on,” Rep. Barbara LeeBarbara Jean LeeProgressives threaten to derail major Dem spending proposal Speaker in waiting? Rapid rise of Hakeem Jeffries fuels talk Congress should look into its own taxes and travel, not just Trump's MORE (D-Calif.) said. 

“My prayers are with @RepDebDingell and all the family and friends of @JohnDingell. John Dingell is a congressional legend. May he rest in peace,” Rep. Ted LieuTed W. LieuDems push back on White House suggesting they're 'not smart enough' for Trump's tax returns Civil rights attorney confronts Candace Owens on Fox News Lieu fires back at GOP lawmaker who claims he was 'owned' by Candace Owens: 'She said what she said' MORE (D-Calif.) tweeted.

“John Dingell was a giant of public service. He entered public office under Eisenhower. I’m grateful I had the opportunity to serve with him in his final years in the House. His death is our country’s loss. My thoughts and prayers are with his beloved wife @RepDebDingell,” Rep. David CicillineDavid Nicola CicillineFacebook expects B-B fine over Cambridge Analytica Bipartisan lawmakers urge Trump to reconsider Central America aid cuts Dems charge ahead on immigration MORE (D-R.I.) said. 

“Sending my condolences to @RepDebDingell and the entire Dingell family. Representative John Dingell was a legendary public servant and he will be missed,” Rep. Jennifer WextonJennifer Lynn WextonPelosi, Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez place transgender pride flags outside Capitol Hill offices New Zealand mosque killings raise fears among US Muslims Why block citizenship to immigrants who defend America? MORE (D-Va.) said.

“The American people have lost an incredible public servant and the Dingell family has lost its patriarch.  I am saddened to hear of the passing of @JohnDingell but my heart is filled with gratitude for the life he led and the ways in which he sought to improve the lives of others,” Rep. Sheila Jackson LeeSheila Jackson LeeGiuliani: Trump lawyers saw Mueller report Tuesday as they prepared rebuttal Dems attack Barr's credibility after report of White House briefings on Mueller findings O'Rourke sweeps through Virginia looking to energize campaign MORE (D-Texas) tweeted. 

.@JohnDingell was a champion for Michiganders and all hardworking Americans. I am saddened by the loss of the Dean. His was an American life well lived, and he will be missed by all. My thoughts are with @RepDebDingell and his entire family,” Sen. Jeff MerkleyJeffrey (Jeff) Alan MerkleyCongress can open financial institutions to legal cannabis industry with SAFE Banking Act Only four Dem senators have endorsed 2020 candidates More than 30 Senate Dems ask Trump to reconsider Central American aid cuts MORE (D-Ore.) said. 

“Deeply saddened by the passing of @JohnDingell. A fierce defender of our environment and healthcare advocate, John served with strength and a steady commitment to making our nation a better place for all. Thoughts are with @RepDebDingell and may his legacy live on,” Rep. Joaquin CastroJoaquin CastroJulián Castro jokes about his looks after forum mistakenly uses twin brother's photo Dems charge ahead on immigration MJ Hegar announces Texas Senate bid MORE (D-Texas) tweeted. 

Many Democratic presidential candidates echoed his calls for public service.

“What a life. As the longest-serving member of Congress, John Dingell helped increase access to health care, defended the auto industry, and was always good for just the right tweet. Sending @RepDebDingell and the rest of her family all my love,” Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisThe symbol of 'Wakanda' and black political vision Seven big decisions facing Biden in 2020 primary Sanders dominates, Buttigieg surges in 2020 social media battle MORE (D-Calif.) said. 

“John Dingell will be remembered as a legendary public servant who served his constituents honorably for six decades. My heart is with the Dingell family during this difficult time,” Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerBooker fundraises off Biden announcement The symbol of 'Wakanda' and black political vision The Hill's Morning Report - Trump tells House investigators 'no' MORE (D-N.J.) tweeted. 

“Sending my heartfelt prayers and aloha to @RepDebDingell and John Dingell’s loved ones for their great loss. John served our country with honor and dignity, and will be greatly missed,” Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardColbert links large 2020 Dem field to Avengers: 'A group of every available person in the universe' Eight 2020 Dems to meet at 'She the People' forum Gabbard: Trump, Pence 'try to hide the truth' of Saudi-inspired terrorist attacks from Christian supporters MORE (D-Hawaii) said. 

“Saddened to hear of the passing of @JohnDingell, a giant in the Congress who represented the Midwest well. (And whose mastery of Twitter showed it can be done at any age.) Thoughts are with @RepDebDingell and their family tonight,” South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D) tweeted.

Dingell is survived by his wife and successor in Congress, Debbie DingellDeborah (Debbie) Ann DingellOvernight Health Care: Trump poised to roll back transgender health protections | House Dems plan 'Medicare for All' hearing next week | Walgreens, Rite Aid raise tobacco-buying age to 21 | Drug distributor faces charges for role in opioid crisis Conserving tiny forage fish, the heroes of our shared ocean ecosystem House Dems to hold hearing on 'Medicare for All' next week MORE, a brother, a sister, three children and three grandchildren.