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John Dingell Dictated Final Public Words to Wife: 'God Bless America'

John Dingell Dictated Final Public Words to Wife: 'God Bless America'”

"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.

Well after leaving Congress, he remained popular, deploying his wit in posts on Twitter. "I remember he said shooting a rifle is a lot like legislating".

Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi, accompanied by former congressman John Dingell, marks the 50th Anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid on Capitol Hill on July 29, 2015 in Washington, DC.

"I think he will go down in history as one of the most impactful members of the United States Congress", said Democratic Caucus Chair Hakeem Jeffries of NY.

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.

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. "Staff has now informed me of what a Kardashian is", he wrote. "You have to be very, very sure of your target, and then when you get your chance, don't miss". He spoke out often and harshly against President Donald Trump.

John Dingell responded: 'Buddy, I think you might want to sit this one out'.

Tributes poured in following Dingell's death, including from former US presidents, colleagues and some of his more than 250,000 Twitter followers.

The former lawmaker's wife, Debbie Dingell, who was elected to succeed him, was with him when he died peacefully at home in MI, her office said. Dingell had introduced a universal health care coverage bill in each of his terms.

When he was 18, Dingell enlisted into the US Army, nearly three years after he watched Roosevelt deliver his famous "Day of Infamy" address to Congress. "Do you think I'm silly enough to let that happen again?" he told the Washington Post in response to the controversial auto industry bailouts following the 2008 financial crisis.

We regularly used and consumed foods, drugs, chemicals and other things (cigarettes) that were legal, promoted and actively harmful.

Born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on July 8, 1926, John David Dingell Jr. grew up in MI, where his father was elected to Congress as a "New Deal" Democrat in 1932.

Dingell, who died Thursday at age 92, didn't mention Trump by name in the article. "I've only begun in later years to appreciate what it all meant". He was hospitalized, but was soon "cracking jokes as usual", his wife said at the time.

An autobiography, "The Dean: The Best Seat in the House", written with David Bender, was published in December.

Dingell, who had a heart attack in September, had entered hospice care earlier this week, a source close to the family confirmed to CBS News.



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