Former Rep. John Dingell, longest serving member of Congress, dies at 92
(CNN) -- 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. He was 92.
"It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of John David Dingell Jr., former Michigan Congressman and the longest-serving member of the United States Congress," the office of his wife, Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Michigan, said in a statement.
"Congressman Dingell died peacefully today at his home in Dearborn, surrounded by his wife Deborah. He was a lion of the United States Congress and a loving son, father, husband, grandfather and friend. 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," the statement said.
The Michigan Democrat was a lion in the House for decades and a longtime committee chairman. In more recent years, he became known for his witty Twitter account and criticism of President Donald Trump's administration.
"John Dingell was a giant legislator on behalf of the people," said House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer. He described Dingell as a "tireless advocate" who fought for clean air, clean water, consumer protections and financial regulations throughout his nearly six decades in Congress.
Dingell served in the House of Representatives for 59 years and 22 days, from 1955 to 2015. According to the House historian's office, he served with 11 presidents and cast 28,551 votes.