Dingell, John D. (John David), 1926-2019

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John David Dingell Jr. (July 8, 1926 – February 7, 2019) was an American politician who served as a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1955 until 2015. A member of the Democratic Party, he holds the record for longest-ever serving member of Congress in American history, representing Michigan for more than 59 years. He most recently served as the representative for Michigan's 12th congressional district. A longtime member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Dingell was the chairman of the committee from 1981 to 1995 and 2007 to 2009.

Dingell began his congressional career by succeeding his father, John Dingell Sr., as representative for Michigan's 16th congressional district on December 13, 1955; his father had held the seat for 22 years. He left office on January 3, 2015. Having served for over 59 years, he has the longest congressional tenure in U.S. history. He was also the longest-serving Dean of the U.S. House of Representatives and Dean of the Michigan congressional delegation. Dingell was one of the final two World War II veterans to have served in Congress; the other was Texas Representative Ralph Hall, who also left Congress in 2015. During his time in Congress in addition to protecting the automobile industry important to his district, Dingell was instrumental in passage of the Medicare Act, the Water Quality Act of 1965, Clean Water Act of 1972, the Endangered Species Act of 1973, the Clean Air Act of 1990, and the Affordable Care Act, among others. He was most proud of his work on the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Dingell announced on February 24, 2014, that he would not seek reelection to a 31st term in Congress. His wife, Debbie Dingell, ran to succeed her husband and defeated Republican Terry Bowman in the general election on November 4, 2014. He was the last member of Congress who had served in the 1950s and during the presidencies of Dwight D. Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy. President Barack Obama awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2014.

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referencedIn University of Connecticut, Center for Oral History Interviews Collection, undated, 1967-2008. Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Center.
creatorOf St. Andrew's Society (Detroit, Mich.). St. Andrew's Society records, 1850-1978. Detroit Public Library, Detroit Main Library
referencedIn Democratic Party of Michigan records, 1932-2008, 1950-1994 Bentley Historica Library University of Michigan
referencedIn Rayburn, Sam, 1882-1961, Papers, 1822, 1831, 1845, 1903-2007 Dolph Briscoe Center for American History
referencedIn Records of the Office of the Staff Secretary. 1976 - 1981. Presidential Files. 1977 - 1981. 5/9/79 [1]
referencedIn Pertschuk, Michael, 1933-. Michael Pertschuk papers, 1949-2002 (bulk 1977-2001). Library of Congress
creatorOf Records of Temporary Committees, Commissions, and Boards. 1893 - 2008. Video Recordings Documenting the Activities and Meetings of the Bipartisan Commission on Entitlement and Tax Reform. 2/10/1994 - 12/14/1994. Hearing. No. 6, Sixth meeting, public hearing
referencedIn Records of the Office of the Staff Secretary. 1976 - 1981. Presidential Files. 1977 - 1981. 11/6/79 [2]
referencedIn Lederle, Arthur F., 1887-. Arthur F. Lederle papers, 1914-1967, (bulk 1933-1960). Wayne State University. Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs
creatorOf United States. Congress. House. Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce. Subcommittee on Energy and Power. Alyeska pipeline-- preliminary report : memorandum, 1976 Sept. 8 / to the Honorable John D. Dingell from Subcommittee staff. Washington Library Network
referencedIn William D. Ford Papers, 1955-1995, 1965-1995 Bentley Historica Library University of Michigan
referencedIn Snyder, Joseph M., 1915-. Joseph M. Snyder papers, 1943-1972, (bulk 1958-1971). Wayne State University. Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs
creatorOf Records of Temporary Committees, Commissions, and Boards. 1893 - 2008. Video Recordings Documenting the Activities and Meetings of the Bipartisan Commission on Entitlement and Tax Reform. 2/10/1994 - 12/14/1994. Hearing. No. 3, Third meeting, public hearing
creatorOf Steorts, Nancy Harvey, 1936-. Nancy Harvey Steorts papers, 1937-2000, (bulk 1970-1990). Clemson University Libraries, Robert Muldrow Cooper Library
referencedIn Records of the Office of Technology Assessment. 1980 - 6/30/1993. Moving Images Related to Congressional Scientific and Technical Studies
referencedIn G. Mennen Williams and Nancy Quirk Williams oral history project, 1980-1982 Bentley Historica Library University of Michigan
creatorOf Michigan Historical Collections. G. Mennen Williams and Nancy Quirk Williams oral history project, 1980-1982. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Michael Pertschuk Papers, 1949-2002, (bulk 1977-2001) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Records of Temporary Committees, Commissions, and Boards. 1893 - 2008. Video Recordings Documenting the Activities and Meetings of the Bipartisan Commission on Entitlement and Tax Reform. 2/10/1994 - 12/14/1994. Hearing. No. 4, Fourth meeting
referencedIn Hill, Charles A. Charles A. Hill papers, 1942-1951. Wayne State University. Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs
referencedIn Records of the Office of the Staff Secretary. 1976 - 1981. Staff Scheduling Memoranda. 1977 - 1978. 4/4/78-4/11/78
referencedIn Henry C. Wahl Correspondence, 1948-1970 Bancroft Library
referencedIn Pilch, Alex, 1913-. Papers, 1967-1972. Wayne State University
referencedIn Johnson, Joseph L. (Joseph Lealand), 1895-1990. Joseph L. Johnson papers, 1960-1970. Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, Howard University
creatorOf Sikorski, Gerry. Gerry Sikorski papers, 1971-1995 (bulk 1976-1992). Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
referencedIn Rychlicki, Joseph C., 1908-1981. Joseph C. Rychlicki papers, 1918-1991. Detroit Public Library, Detroit Main Library
referencedIn Cohen, Wilbur J. (Wilbur Joseph), 1913-1987. Wilbur J. Cohen papers, 1930-1987 (bulk 1935-1979). Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn American Association of Advertising Agencies Records, 1918-1998 David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
creatorOf Records of Temporary Committees, Commissions, and Boards. 1893 - 2008. Video Recordings Documenting the Activities and Meetings of the Bipartisan Commission on Entitlement and Tax Reform. 2/10/1994 - 12/14/1994. Hearing coverage, ninth meeting, final
referencedIn Papers of Philip Slomovitz, undated, 1933-1966 American Jewish Historical Society
referencedIn Indritz, Phineas., 1932-1997. Papers of Phineas Indritz, 1932-1997 (bulk 1945-1990). Howard University, Law Library
referencedIn Records of the Office of the Staff Secretary. 1976 - 1981. Presidential Files. 1977 - 1981. 4/7/78
referencedIn National Organization for Women. Downriver Chapter (Mich.). Records, 1971-1988. Wayne State University
referencedIn Michigan Political History Society oral history collection, 1995-2013 Bentley Historica Library University of Michigan
referencedIn Connor, Edward, 1908-1967. Edward Connor papers, 1935-1966. Wayne State University. Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs
referencedIn Records of the Office of the Staff Secretary. 1976 - 1981. Presidential Files. 1977 - 1981. 2/13/79 [2]
creatorOf Carl Bert Albert Congressional papers, 1910-1998, bulk 1946-1998. University of Oklahoma, Bizzell Memorial Library
referencedIn Berger, Raoul. Raoul Berger Papers. 1921-2000. Harvard Law School Library Langdell Hall Cambridge, MA 02138
creatorOf Osborn, Stellanova, 1894-1988. Stellanova Osborn papers, 1916-1992. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
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associatedWith Albert, Carl Bert, 1908-2000. person
associatedWith American Association of Advertising Agencies corporateBody
associatedWith Berger, Raoul, 1901- person
associatedWith Center for Oral History. corporateBody
associatedWith Cohen, Wilbur J. (Wilbur Joseph), 1913-1987. person
correspondedWith Connor, Edward, 1908-1967. person
associatedWith Democratic Party (Mich.) corporateBody
associatedWith Ford, William D. (William David), 1927- person
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alumnusOrAlumnaOf Georgetown University. Law Center. corporateBody
correspondedWith Hill, Charles A. person
associatedWith Indritz, Phineas., 1932-1997. person
associatedWith Johnson, Joseph L. (Joseph Lealand), 1895-1990. person
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correspondedWith National Organization for Women. Downriver Chapter (Mich.) corporateBody
associatedWith Osborn, Stellanova, 1894-1988. person
correspondedWith Pertschuk, Michael, 1933- person
correspondedWith Pertschuk, Michael, 1933- person
correspondedWith Pilch, Alex, 1913- person
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associatedWith Rychlicki, Joseph C., 1908-1981. person
associatedWith Sikorski, Gerry. person
associatedWith Slomovitz, Philip person
correspondedWith Snyder, Joseph M., 1915- person
associatedWith St. Andrew's Society (Detroit, Mich.) corporateBody
associatedWith Steorts, Nancy Harvey, 1936- person
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associatedWith United States. Congress. House. Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce. Subcommittee on Energy and Power. corporateBody
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correspondedWith Wahl, Henry C. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Dearborn MI US
Colorado Springs CO US
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Forest rangers
Lawyers
Army officers
Representatives, U.S. Congress--Michigan
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Birth 1926-07-08

Death 2019-02-07

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Americans

English

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