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Key events in the career of US Rep. John Dingell

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Ellis Copeland | 11 February, 2019, 09:32

Details of death: Died in Dearborn, Mich. of complications from prostate cancer at the age of 92. During his life, he served in Congress as a member of the House of Representatives for 59 years, becoming the longest-serving congressman.

However, we would be lying if we didn't at least take a moment to appreciate Dingell's social media prowess and his mastery of the Twitter clapback.

"We saw some rather great things", Dingell said in a 2012 oral history interview with the office of the House historian. He began his career during former President Dwight D. Eisenhower's administration and retired in 2014 during former President Barack Obama's administration. The Detroit News reported members of Congress remembered the Democrat on the House floor.

President Trump also shared his condolences with Dingell's wife in a touching tweet paying tribute to his service.

Dingell's wife, U.S. Rep. Dingell represented the powerful auto industry in southeastern MI and opposed many efforts to require safety equipment and fuel and emission standards.

And when the House passed what would become the Affordable Care Act in 2009, leaders named the legislation after him.

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Dingell's wife said on Twitter that she skipped Tuesday's State of the Union address in Washington to be with him as his health declined. I want to thank you all for your incredibly kind words and prayers. Debbie Dingell said in a statement that she would spending time at home with her husband as he "entered a new phase".

"I think it's possible in this new, information age to not have to hold public office and still have a voice - that's clearly what he has done", Kasich said of Dingell.

"Presidents come and presidents go", former President Bill Clinton said in 2005, when Dingell celebrated 50 years in Congress. "John Dingell goes on forever". "He is my love and we have been a team for almost 40 years", she wrote on Twitter.

KELLY: When People magazine tweeted that David Beckham was 2015's Sexiest Man Alive, Dingell shot back, snubbed for the 89th straight year; I'm feeling good about 90, though.

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".

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