Political world mourns Dingell, longest-serving member of Congress

Politicians from both sides of the aisle paid tribute to former Rep. John DingellJohn DingellCOVID-19 bill limiting liability would strike the wrong balance Michigan Rep. Debbie Dingell easily wins House primary Great American Outdoors Act will deliver critical investments to our national parks, forests 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 BidenJoe BidenRon Johnson signals some GOP senators concerned about his Obama-era probes On The Money: Pelosi, Mnuchin talk but make no progress on ending stalemate | Trump grabs 'third rail' of politics with payroll tax pause | Trump uses racist tropes to pitch fair housing repeal to 'suburban housewife' Biden commemorates anniversary of Charlottesville 'Unite the Right' rally: 'We are in a battle for the soul of our nation' 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 PelosiOn The Money: Pelosi, Mnuchin talk but make no progress on ending stalemate | Trump grabs 'third rail' of politics with payroll tax pause | Trump uses racist tropes to pitch fair housing repeal to 'suburban housewife' Bass on filling Harris's Senate spot: 'I'll keep all my options open' Win by QAnon believer creates new headaches for House GOP 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 MurphyDemocrats ramp up warnings on Russian election meddling Democrat calls on White House to withdraw ambassador to Belarus nominee Democrats try to force Trump to boost medical supplies production 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 McCarthyWin by QAnon believer creates new headaches for House GOP GOP leaders go into attack mode against Harris Republicans introduce bill to defend universities conducting coronavirus research against hackers 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 KennedyNew poll shows Markey with wide lead over Kennedy in Massachusetts Sens. Markey, Cruz clash over coronavirus relief: 'It's not a goddamn joke Ted' Budowsky: Why I back Kennedy, praise Markey 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 SchatzLobbying world Overnight Defense: House passes defense bill that Trump threatened to veto | Esper voices concerns about officers wearing military garb Senate rejects broad restrictions on transfers of military-grade equipment to police 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 LeeIt's past time to be rid of the legacy of Jesse Helms Democrats introduce bill to repeal funding ban on abortions abroad Democrats hope clash resonates with key bloc: Women 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. LieuCalifornia Democrats back Yang after he expresses disappointment over initial DNC lineup GOP official says Elizabeth Warren 'endorses voter fraud' after joke about Bailey voting for Biden Milley confirms soldiers deployed to DC amid unrest were given bayonets 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 CicillineNew report finds majority of Americans support merger moratorium Five takeaways from Big Tech's blowout earnings What factors will shape Big Tech regulation? 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 WextonRepublicans face worsening outlook in battle for House Ocasio-Cortez rejects Yoho apology as disingenuous Democratic lawmakers launch 'Mean Girls'-inspired initiative to promote face masks 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 LeeSheila Jackson Lee: Harris has 'taken us to the mountaintop' in Martin Luther King Jr.'s sermon Democratic attorneys criticize House Judiciary Democrats' questioning of Barr Steyer endorses reparations bill, commits to working with Jackson Lee 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 MerkleySenate Democrats demand answers on migrant child trafficking during pandemic Hillicon Valley: NSA warns of new security threats | Teen accused of Twitter hack pleads not guilty | Experts warn of mail-in voting misinformation Merkley, Sanders introduce bill limiting corporate facial recognition 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 CastroLawmakers of color urge Democratic leadership to protect underserved communities in coronavirus talks This week: Congress set for bipartisan coronavirus talks as clock ticks Sherman joins race for House Foreign Affairs gavel 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 HarrisCandidates on Biden's VP list were asked what they thought Trump would nickname them as part of process: report Bass on filling Harris's Senate spot: 'I'll keep all my options open' Election security advocates see strong ally in Harris 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 BookerOn The Money: Pelosi, Mnuchin talk but make no progress on ending stalemate | Trump grabs 'third rail' of politics with payroll tax pause | Trump uses racist tropes to pitch fair housing repeal to 'suburban housewife' The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden, Harris make first public appearance as running mates Booker hits back at Trump tweet, mocks misspelling of name 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 GabbardTrump and allies grapple with how to target Harris It's Harris — and we're not surprised Democrat Kai Kahele wins Hawaii primary to replace Tulsi Gabbard 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 DingellMichigan Rep. Debbie Dingell easily wins House primary Court orders release of Black Michigan teen who was jailed for missing schoolwork Lobbying world MORE, a brother, a sister, three children and three grandchildren.