By Beltha Mokube – Friday February 8, 2019.
It will take a national movement, starting at the grassroots level, and will require massive organizing, strategic voting, and strong leadership over the course of a generation, but it has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? ‘Abolish the Senate.’ I’m having blue caps printed up with that slogan right now. They will be made in America.” Dingell is always remembered for this.
The longest-serving Congressman in the History of the United States has died. John David Dingell Jr. an American politician who served as a member of the United States House of Representatives from December 13, 1955, until January 3, 2015, has died at the age of 92.
“It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of John David Dingell, Jr., former Michigan Congressman and longest-serving member of the United States Congress,” the office of his wife, Debbie Dingell, announced in a statement, Thursday, February 7, 2019.
“Congressman Dingell died peacefully today at his home in Dearborn, surrounded by his wife Deborah. He was a lion of the United States Congress and a loving son, father, husband, grandfather, and friend, the statement continued.
Another part of the bulletin said, “He will be remembered for his decades of public service to the people of Southeast Michigan, his razor-sharp wit, and a lifetime of dedication to improving the lives of all who walk this earth.” During his reign as a member of the United States House of Representatives from December 13, 1955, until January 3, 2015, Dingell served eleven US Presidents.
In one of his memoirs, Dingell inscribed that; “In my six decades in public service, I’ve seen many changes in our nation and its institutions. Yet the most profound change I’ve witnessed is also the saddest, it is the complete collapse in respect for virtually every institution of government and an unprecedented cynicism about the nobility of public service itself.”
John Dingell who was conscripted into the US Army at eighteen (18) was born on July 8, 1926, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. According to his biography, as early as a teen, he got engaged in politics especially as his father was elected to the House in 1932.
Dingell then served as a House Page and attended the Capitol Page School from 1938 to 1943. Dingell was elected to his Father’s seat in a special election at the age of 29 when his father died in active service in 1955.
After being re-elected to 29 more congressional sessions, he decided not to run for re-election in 2014. Dingle endorsed his wife, Debbie, who succeeded him and remains in Dingell’s seat until today where she’s doing her third term.
Dingell was last year diagnosed