Trump orders flags at half-staff to honor John Dingell

Former Michigan Rep. John Dingell longest-serving member of Congress in history dead at 92

"We will miss you Mr. Chairman".

The flag will remain at half-staff until sundown Saturday, Feb. 9. Whitmer issued a statement in a news release Thursday night. Dingell represented the powerful auto industry in southeastern MI and opposed many efforts to require safety equipment and fuel and emission standards.

Dingell favored abolishing the Senate, where legislation faces a higher threshold for passage and combining the two chambers into one.

It was revealed earlier this week that he was diagnosed with prostate cancer and decided not to treat it.

Dingell dictated a tweet for his wife to write: "I want to thank you all for your incredibly kind words and prayers". "I'd come out of retirement if you promised me I could do that every day". In 2014, Dingell told Politico Magazine, "If you look, you'll find that what I did was make these laws tolerant for industry".

Dingell wrote to her friends that her "heart was broken" as she mourned the loss of her one true love.

A public funeral mass will be held Tuesday in Dearborn, Michigan. "Congressman Dingell died peacefully today at his home in Dearborn, surrounded by his wife Deborah".

Dingell has been in and out of the hospital multiple times since retiring from Congress.

On Wednesday, Dingell's wife, Debbie Dingell, who was elected to succeed him, said on Twitter that she skipped the State of the Union address in Washington to be with him after his health declined. While there were areas where we disagreed, I had no doubt that John's passion and positions were well founded.

Former Rep. John Dingell, the longest-serving member of Congress on record and a politician whose voice loomed large even after he left Capitol Hill, passed away Thursday. Throughout his lifetime of public service, John was a fierce advocate for the people of MI and was guided by a love of country.

Michigan Democratic Party chair Lavora Barnes' statement to the media read, in part, "John Dingell was The Dean and more. 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".

Under Dingell's leadership, the Energy and Commerce Committee handled an estimated 40 percent of all House bills on topics such as securities markets, telecommunications, railroads and consumer protection. "It used to bother my wife, but oversight was something we did uniquely well". Generally a strong advocate for environmental protection, he was also an unwavering supporter of the auto industry and argued against environmental regulations for vehicle makers.

Yet one of his proudest moments came in 2010, when he sat next to Obama as the $938 billion health care overhaul was signed into law. Dingell had introduced a universal health care coverage bill in each of his terms.

"In our modern political age, the presidential bully pulpit seems dedicated to sowing division and denigrating, often in the most irrelevant and infantile personal terms, the political opposition", Dingell, whose wife Debbie took over his seat in 2015, said.

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