Christopher Dingell remembers his father, the longest serving congressman in history

Rep. John Dingell D-Mich. addresses supporters during the Michigan Democratic election night party at the MG

The Colorado native served in the U.S. House from December 1955 until January 2015 - almost 60 years.

He also amassed more than 250,000 followers on Twitter, which became an outlet for the outspoken congressman's wry takes and quick wit.

"He taught me how to shoot a rifle".

John and Debbie Dingell had been married since 1981.

"He was a tireless advocate for Wayne County communities and residents in Washington during his almost 60 years in Congress", Wayne County Executive Warren Evans said Thursday in a statement. He gradually acquired seniority and clout, eventually becoming chairman of the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee and earning a reputation for being one of Washington's sharpest government watchdogs. "Staff has now informed me of what a Kardashian is", he wrote.

In 1993, during the effort by President Bill Clinton to pass major health reform, as the heads of the three main committees that oversee health issues argued over which would lead the effort, Dingell famously proclaimed of his panel, "We have health".

"He could be a fearsome adversary or a faithful champion, and public television was fortunate to have Chairman Dingell as a stalwart friend from the inception of the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967, which he helped write", Butler said.

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House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Rep. John Dingell D-Mich. right accompanied by Sen. Debbie St
House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Rep. John Dingell D-Mich. right accompanied by Sen. Debbie St

Is there someone you miss whose memory should be honored? Colleen and I are grieving with Debbie and the Dingell family as we remember the extraordinary Dean of the House.

Flags at US embassies and other facilities overseas also are ordered to half-staff.

With the expansion of Twitter, Dingell became known for his commentary on current events through snarky and sometimes hard-hitting tweets that often went viral. "It used to bother my wife, but oversight was something we did uniquely well".

Dingell will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery, said his wife Debbie Dingell, who succeeded him in the MI congressional seat.

Born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on July 8, 1926, John David Dingell Jr. grew up in MI, where his father was elected to Congress as a "New Deal" Democrat in 1932.

John was the representative for Michigan's 15th Congressional District for 59 years - beginning in 1955, when as a 29-year-old he succeeded his father who died in office, until his wife won his seat in 2014. I know he leaves behind a meaningful legacy. "I was fortunate to speak to John Dingell this afternoon", Bush said in a statement on Thursday night.

His wife Debbie said at the time: 'He's alert and in good spirits, cracking jokes like always'.

"Dingell was one of the key architects - for almost 60 years in the House! - in the movement that's become Medicare-for-All", Diamond wrote Wednesday after news broke that Dingell had entered hospice care.



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