Published: Mon, February 11, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Remembering the Twitter legacy of former Michigan Rep. John Dingell

Remembering the Twitter legacy of former Michigan Rep. John Dingell

As a tribute to his father, who served before him and who introduced the first congressional legislation to establish national health insurance during the New Deal, Dingell introduced his own national health insurance bill at the start of every Congress. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer also ordered flags on state property lowered.

Former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in a joint statement that Dingell "represented the people of MI with honor, integrity, great good humor, and an unequaled ability to get good legislation passed".

Around the time of his retirement, Dingell told the Detroit Free Press: "I'm not going to be carried out feet first".

Tributes poured in following Dingell's death, including from former USA presidents, colleagues and some of his more than 250,000 Twitter followers.

His last post was the day before his death, in which he wrote: "You're not done with me just yet".

He also chaired the House Energy and Commerce Committee for a number of years and played an integral role in passing many environmental laws. Dingell was serving as a page on the House floor when President Roosevelt asked Congress to declare war on Japan on December 8, 1941.

John David Dingell born in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

"We saw some rather great things", Dingell said in a 2012 oral history interview with the office of the House historian.

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Dingell made no apologies about his party affiliation, tweeting often past year in support of Democratic candidates in the midterm elections.

Dingell replaced his father, who passed away in 1955, as a representative of MI and won his first congressional election in 1959.

"He believed in an America that had room for everyone of us", said his son, Christopher Dingell.

Trump has been the subject of his criticism in recent years, but more broadly, Dingell has been knocking what he describes as a decline in institutionalism. A man named Mike tweeted to Dingell, "I never liked you when I was a young, dumb Republican", but came to see him as "part of a vanishing breed of legislators who worked with each other, respected each other and, in most cases, liked each other".

"I don't want people to be sorry for me".

John had a heart attack in September, according to ABC News, and was suffering from complications of prostate cancer, the Washington Post reported. He was hospitalized but was soon "cracking jokes as usual", his wife said at the time. Forewords were written by former President George H.W. Bush, who died only a few days before its publication, and former Vice-President Joe Biden.

Dingell did not win all of his legislative fights.

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