John Dingell, 92, longest-serving member of Congress, dies

Image: John Dingell

John Dingell participates in a news conference and rally to mark the 46th anniversary of the passage of Medicare in the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center in Washington, DC.Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images file

In this July 27, 2011, file photo, 

Dingell played a key role in landmark legislation, including the Civil Rights Act of 1957 and the Endangered Species Act.

Former Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., the longest-serving member of Congress who played a key role in many pieces of landmark legislation, has died. He was 92. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer last year.

“Congressman Dingell died peacefully today at his home in Dearborn, surrounded by his wife Deborah,” the office of his wife, Rep. Debbie Dingell, said in a statement.

“He was a lion of the United States Congress and a loving son, father, husband, grandfather, and friend,” the statement said. “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.”

Dingell first arrived to Congress in 1955, taking over the seat held by his father John Dingell, Sr., who had died earlier that year, and the younger Dingell continued to serve in the House for more than 59 years. He announced in 2014 that he would not seek re-election and instead his wife, Debbie Dingell, ran for his seat and is now serving her third term.

Our condolences go out to family.

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