Political giant John Dingell dies at 92

John Dingell speaks at a 2013 press conference

Dingell died Thursday at age 92 while with his wife at their home in Dearborn, a Detroit suburb. He was active on social media, often offering witty commentary on current events (Greenwire, May 18, 2018).

On Wednesday, Dingell's wife Rep.

An avid hunter who opposed his party on gun-control measures, Dingell helped write the 1973 Endangered Species Act and the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, which led to creation of the EPA.

John Dingell recently released a memoir called: 'The Dean, the Best Seat in the House'.

Dingell dictated the message to his wife and congressional successor Debbie Dingell Thursday in their suburban Detroit home.

During his almost five decades in Congress, Dingell was a staunch supporter of the auto industry. He eventually co-sponsored the Clean Air Act of 1990, which clamped down further on tailpipe emissions from cars.

Tributes poured in from current and former politicians in both parties.

Dingell, whose district was home to the Ford Motor Company, had always been a strong supporter of the auto industry but also stressed environmental issues over the years.

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Bush, a Republican, said he was fortunate to speak to Dingell shortly before he died.

Dingell's combination of seniority, broad jurisdiction and willingness to twist arms made him one of the most powerful and feared members of Congress.

In 2008, Waxman ousted Dingell from the chairmanship of the full committee.

Waxman moved quickly on broad cap-and-trade legislation, passing the Waxman-Markey bill through that House six months later by a narrow margin.

Even towards the end, he kept the hits coming hard and fast, cracking jokes about Howard Schultz's presidential run and throwing tweet-punches at Trump. "Yet, among the vast array of historic legislative achievements, few hold greater meaning than his tireless commitment to the health of the American people". "We can not turn to our neighbor and say 'I'm sorry but your end of the boat is sinking'". "This is one of the most complex scientific problems that we've got in the world".

Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow wrote in a post on Twitter: "We have been incredibly lucky to have you and will miss you dearly".

He concluded by saying "as I prepare to leave this all behind, I now leave you in control of the greatest nation of mankind and pray God gives you the wisdom to understand the responsibility you hold in your hands".

"I've gotten more death threats around here than I can remember", Dingell told The Associated Press in a 1995 interview.

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