Representative Sheila Jackson Lee

Representing the 18th District of TEXAS

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Statement on the Death of John D. Dingell, Jr—One of the Greatest Legislators in Our Nation’s History and the Longest Serving Member of the United States House of Representatives

Feb 12, 2019
Press Release

For Immediate Release                                                                  Contact: Robin Chand

February 11, 2019                                                                                        (202) 225–3816

 

Press Statement

 

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Statement on the Death of John D. Dingell, Jr—One of the Greatest Legislators in Our Nation’s History and the Longest Serving Member of the United States House of Representatives

 

Jackson Lee—“But, as we mourn his passing, we also celebrate a great American life.  One that saw fidelity to the civic virtues that strengthen our nation, and make it great.  John Dingell fought and helped defeat the Nazis as a member of the Greatest Generation.  As he reminded us in his farewell message published after his passing, his work was not done alone, and the fight to make ours a more perfect union requires the work of Democrats as well as Republicans, who put country over party.  And, of course, he was grateful for his most steadfast supporter—his wife, Deborah—who would be by his side for the last forty years, who would continue the proud Dingell family tradition of representing southeast Michigan in the United States Congress, and whose strength, wisdom and fearlessness has shown the world why it was that the great John Dingell made her his bride those many years ago.”

Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, a senior member of the House Committees on the Judiciary, Homeland Security, and Budget, released this statement on the death of former Congressman John D. Dingell, Jr.:


“I mourn the passing of John D. Dingell, of Michigan, whom we lost on Thursday at the age of 92.  John was a giant of the house—in stature, legacy and service.  A tall figure, John retired in 2015 after 59 years and 21 days of service—an unmatched record which stands as the longest tenure of any member in the history of the House of Representatives. 

“During his unparalleled record of service, Congressman Dingell helped shape and cast votes on virtually every landmark piece of legislation of the last half century.  And as Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee for sixteen years, he helmed one of the most powerful committees on Capitol Hill and successfully shepherded passage of the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Air Act and the Safe Drinking Water Act, among other pieces of legislation.  Of course, as was the tradition of the Congressman’s predecessor—his father, John D. Dingell, Sr.—Congressman Dingell introduced at the beginning of every Congress legislation providing for universal healthcare, and he presided over the House Chamber during the historic 1965 vote to pass Medicare.  But, as he once stated in an interview before he would leave us, he counts his vote for the 1964 Civil Rights Act as the one for which he is proudest.  That is the man we lost, and the man whom we mourn this week in Dearborn and Washington, D.C.”

“But, as we mourn his passing, we also celebrate a great American life.  One that saw fidelity to the civic virtues that strengthen our nation, and make it great.  John Dingell fought and helped defeat the Nazis as a member of the Greatest Generation.  As he reminded us in his farewell message published after his passing, his work was not done alone, and the fight to make ours a more perfect union requires the work of Democrats as well as Republicans, who put country over party.  And, of course, he was grateful for his most steadfast supporter—his wife, Deborah—who would be by his side for the last forty years, who would continue the proud Dingell family tradition of representing southeast Michigan in the United States Congress, and whose strength, wisdom and fearlessness has shown the world why it was that the great John Dingell made her his bride those many years ago.”

 

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Congresswoman Jackson Lee is a Democrat from Texas’s 18th Congressional District. She is a senior member of the House Committees on Judiciary, Homeland Security, and Budget.