Obama on Dingell's death: He led 'the charge on so much of the progress we take for granted today'

Former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaAren't delirious Democrats now accusing Team Obama of treason? Trump won't say if he'd endorse Pence in 2024 HHS restores legal meaning of 'sex' — what will US Supreme Court, Congress do? 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 after news of the lawmaker’s death, crediting the late Democrat with leading “the charge on so much of the progress we take for granted today.”

“John Dingell’s life reminds us that change does not always come with a flash, but instead with steady, determined effort. Over the course of the longest congressional career in history, John led the charge on so much of the progress we take for granted today,” Obama wrote in a statement shared to Twitter on late Thursday. 

“He presided over the vote for Medicare – changing the lives of America’s seniors. He helped lead the fight for the Civil Rights Act – opening new doors for countless citizens. Ten years ago, in a moment of peril, he helped us rescue the American auto industry – saving the livelihoods of one million Americans,” he continued.

“John sat beside me when I signed the Affordable Care Act – a law that cut in half the uninsured rate in America,” Obama wrote. “He had a long tradition of introducing legislation on the first day of each new Congress to guarantee health care for every single American.”

Because of him, we’ve come close to that vision than ever before. And when we finally achieve it – and we will – we’ll owe him our gratitude,” Obama added. “Michelle and I send our warmest sympathies to Debbie, the entire Dingell family, and all the Michiganders and Americans whose lives are better because of his lifetime of service.”

Dingell died on Thursday at the age of 92 after entering hospice care following a cancer diagnosis. He served in the House of Representatives from 1955 to 2015. 

He is survived by his wife and successor, Rep. Debbie DingellDeborah (Debbie) Ann DingellOn The Money: Democrats set stage for next shutdown fight | House panel wraps up final 2020 spending bill | GOP senators, White House delay meeting on spending | Trump hits Fed over high interest rates On The Money: Democrats set stage for next shutdown fight | House panel wraps up final 2020 spending bill | GOP senators, White House delay meeting on spending | Trump hits Fed over high interest rates Michigan Democrat: Trump 'threw a grenade' in middle of new NAFTA talks with tariff threat MORE (D-Mich.), a brother, a sister, three children and three grandchildren.