Dingell’s farewell message to America includes dig at Trump

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"John Dingell's life reminds us that change does not always come with a flash, but instead with steady, determined effort", Obama said in a statement on Thursday night. She was absent during President Donald Trump's State of the Union address in Washington, DC, on Tuesday evening.

Dingell, who died Thursday at age 92, didn't mention Trump by name in the article.

His peers in MI and beyond remembered Dingell following the announcement of his death. Sen.

"Friends and colleagues know me and know I would be in Washington right now unless something was up", Debbie Dingell said. They hold power - in trust for the people who elected them.

Dingell revealed her husband spoke with former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton in his final 24 hours.

For more than 16 years Dingell led the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee, which is responsible for overseeing the Medicare and Medicaid programs, the U.S. Public Health Service, the Food and Drug Administration and the National Institutes of Health.

"I tried - damn, I tried", Dingell said, according to the New York Times.

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"John Dingell was a giant legislator on behalf of the people", said House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer. But it wasn't his first time on the House floor - as a teen, the Democrat had served as a congressional page.

"I've gotten more death threats around here than I can remember", Dingell told The Associated Press in a 1995 interview. At Georgetown University, he earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry in 1949 and a law degree three years later.

In December 1955, at 29, Dingell won a special election to succeed his father, who had died three months earlier, in his 12th term. "I was a working-class kid from a Polish neighbourhood in Detroit, and this was quite an event for me", Dingell told Time magazine at the time. Robert Byrd of West Virginia as the longest-serving member. When Dingell announced his retirement, his wife, Representative Debbie Dingell, successfully ran for his seat.

The former congressman was first elected to the House in 1955, a seat formerly held by his father, John Dingell, Sr.

For his service, Dingell received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's greatest civilian award, by President Barack Obama on November 24, 2014.

"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. The president also used Twitter to extend sympathies to Debbie Dingell and other family members.

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