Washington mourns Rep. John Dingell

John Dingell speaks at a 2013 press conference

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The late Rep. John Dingell, who died Thursday at age 92, dictated one last opinion piece to his wife the day he died in which he expressed his pride in helping fix some of America's problems during his 59 years in Congress.

John Dingell, who served in the House for almost six decades and helped write some of the nation's marquee environmental laws, died yesterday.

United States embassies, legations, consular offices and other facilities overseas were also included as places that had to lower their flags to half-staff, as explained in the proclamation.

Dingell was first elected in 1955 to fill the House seat vacated by his father, John Dingell Sr.

"Presidents come and presidents go", former President Bill Clinton said in 2005, when Dingell celebrated 50 years in Congress. "John Dingell goes on forever". In more recent years, he became known for his witty Twitter account and criticism of President Donald Trump's administration.

John Dingell responded: 'Buddy, I think you might want to sit this one out'. Dingell had introduced a universal health care coverage bill in each of his terms.

As the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee in 1981-94 and 2007-08, Dingell wielded substantial influence over legislation that would affect the auto industry. "I was fortunate to speak to John Dingell this afternoon", Bush said in a statement on Thursday night. The young Dingell then served as a House page and attended the Capitol Page School from 1938 to 1943.

Dingell included, for good measure, a touching tribute to his wife and the record number of women now serving in Congress.

It said that Mr Dingell's wife, who was elected to the House in 2015 to succeed him, was at his side.

"Longest serving Congressman in country's history which, if people understand politics, means he was very smart", Trump tweeted.

His peers in MI and beyond remembered Dingell following the announcement of his death. Sen.

"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.

He also penned a memoir, "The Dean: The Best Seat in the House", in which he took on enemies and called for abolishing the Senate (E&E Daily, Dec. 5, 2018).

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

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