Clintons pay tribute to Dingell

Former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonBiden campaign taps foreign policy vet Nicholas Burns as adviser: report Major health reform requires Democratic congressional dominance No presidential candidate can unite the country MORE and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonChelsea Clinton announces birth of third child Ukrainian officials and Giuliani are sharing back-channel campaign information: report A question for Robert Mueller MORE paid tribute to former Rep. John DingellJohn DingellMcCain and Dingell: Inspiring a stronger Congress Pelosi should take a page from Tip O'Neill's playbook Alaskan becomes longest serving Republican in House history MORE (D-Mich.) on Thursday, following the announcement of the longtime lawmaker's death.

“For nearly 60 years, John Dingell represented the people of Michigan with honor, integrity & great good humor,” the former president said on Twitter.

“There are few major legislative triumphs since 1955 that he didn’t have a key hand in passing. Hillary & I are grateful to have worked with him & called him our friend,” he continued.

“I, our country, and Twitter will miss @JohnDingell’s quick wit, good heart, and profound sense of patriotism,” Hillarly Clinton said on Twitter.

“My thoughts are with @RepDebDingell, the whole Dingell family, and the wide community of friends, constituents, and fellow Americans who admired and respected him,” she added.

Dingell, the longest-serving member of Congress in history, died at age 92 on Thursday after he recently entered hospice care following a cancer diagnosis.


The office of his wife and successor Rep. Deborah Dingell (D-Mich.) referred to him as “a lion of the United States Congress and a loving son, father, husband, grandfather, and friend” in statement released shortly after his death.

"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,” the office added.