John David Dingell, Jr

John David Dingell, Jr

Birth
Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado, USA
Death 7 Feb 2019 (aged 92)
Dearborn, Wayne County, Michigan, USA
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section 81 Site 65-A
Memorial ID 196686278 · View Source
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U.S. Congressman. He served in the United States House of Representatives from the 15th, 16th, and 12th Districts of Michigan from December 13, 1955 to January 3, 2015. His father, John David Dingell Sr., was also a Congressman from Michigan. He served as a page for the United States House of Representatives from 1938 to 1943. In 1944, he joined the United States Army and served until 1946, while rising to the rank of second lieutenant. After his military service ended, he attended Georgetown University and earned both a B.S. degree in chemistry in 1949 and a J.D. degree in 1952. He would go on to various occupations including lawyer, forest ranger, research assistant to a U.S. District Court judge, and an assistant prosecuting attorney for Wayne County, Michigan. In 1955, his father, a member of the United States House of Representatives, passed away and he decided to seek his father's seat. He ran, as a Democrat, in the special election and was successful. He went on to serve in Congress for over 59 years before retiring in January of 2015. During his tenure in the House, he was considered a "giant" in Congress and played a key role in signature pieces of legislation such as the Civil Rights Act, Medicare, the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, the Endangered Species Act and the Affordable Care Act. He served as the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee during two tenures (1981-1995, 2007-2009). At the time of his retirement, he was the longest-serving member in the history of the Congress and was the Dean of the House. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2014 by President Barack Obama. He was succeeded in Congress by his second wife, Debbie Dingell, in 2015. He passed away from terminal prostate cancer.

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  • Added: 7 Feb 2019
  • Find A Grave Memorial 196686278
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John David Dingell, Jr (8 Jul 1926–7 Feb 2019), Find A Grave Memorial no. 196686278, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .