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Trump orders flags at half-staff to honor John Dingell

09 February 2019

"Every chapter of Chairman John Dingell's life has been lived in service to our country, from his time as a House Page, to his service in the Army during World War II, to his nearly six decades serving the people of MI in the U.S. Congress. John Dingell leaves a towering legacy of unshakable strength, boundless energy and transformative leadership", she said in a statement.

"He taught me how to shoot a rifle".

He had said his single most important vote in Congress was for the sweeping 1964 Civil Rights Act, which among other provisions forbade discrimination in employment based on race and sex.

"We saw some rather great things", Dingell said in a 2012 oral history interview with the office of the House historian. He also was known as a dogged pursuer of government waste and fraud, and even helped take down two top presidential aides while leading the investigative arm of the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee, which he chaired for 14 years. Dingell had introduced a universal health care coverage bill in each of his terms, and said one of his proudest moments was sitting next to Obama as he signed the law.

Dingell was succeeded in his seat by his wife, Rep.

Dingell also discussed his personal views of power, palpably showing his reverence for the position of public trust the voters had given him, and the responsibilities it came with.

"He taught me how to shoot a rifle", former Ohio Rep. Dennis Eckhart told The Associated Press in 2009.

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"It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of John David Dingell, Jr., former Michigan Congressman ..."

He presided over the House when it passed Medicare, and he loaned the gavel he used that day in 1965 to Speaker Nancy Pelosi for the chamber's approval of former President Barack Obama's federal health care overhaul in 2010.

Dingell will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery, said his wife Debbie Dingell, who succeeded him in the MI congressional seat. "Michelle and I send our warmest sympathies to Debbie, the entire Dingell family, and all the Michiganders and Americans whose lives are better because of his lifetime of service".

The Michigan Democrat joked that the nurses and doctors had "heard all of John's stories and decided it was time".

Mr Dingell was 29 when he won a special election for his father's seat after the latter's sudden death in 1955.

Debbie Dingell's office released a statement yesterday saying John "died peacefully" at his Dearborn home Thursday night. I know he leaves behind a meaningful legacy.

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

Dingell, who served his final year as a representative in 2015, suffered a heart attack in September and was receiving hospice care on Wednesday, according to several reports.

Trump orders flags at half-staff to honor John Dingell