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Congressman

Michigan (District: 12)

Democratic

Current

starts 01/03/2013

Biography

John David Dingell, Jr. (born July 8, 1926) is an http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States">American http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democratic_Party_(United_States)">Democratic politician who has been a member of the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_House_of_Representatives">United States House of Representatives continuously since entering Congress on December 13, 1955. On June 7, 2013 he reached 20,997 days of membership, surpassing http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Byrd">Robert Byrd as the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_States_Congressmen_by_longevity_of_service#House_and_Senate_time">longest-serving member of Congress in history. Dingell is a long-time member and former Chairman of thehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_House_Committee_on_Energy_and_Commerce">House Energy and Commerce Committee.

The longest-serving member of Congress, Dingell has been in office for 57 years, 258 days. Dingell is also the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_current_members_of_the_United_States_House_of_Representatives_by_seniority">longest-currently-serving member of Congress, Having remained in the House of Representatives for his entire Congressional career, he is also the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_States_Congressmen_by_longevity_of_service#House_time">longest ever to serve exclusively in the House, the longest-serving http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dean_of_the_U.S._House_of_Representatives">Dean of the U.S. House of Representatives, and the Dean of the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_congressional_delegations_from_Michigan">Michigan congressional delegation. Dingell is one of two http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_War_II">World War II veterans still serving in Congress; the other is http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Texas">Texas Congressman http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ralph_Hall">Ralph Hall.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Dingell#cite_note-4">

Dingell’s district was first in western http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Detroit">Detroit, but redistricting has successively moved him further into the city’s western suburbs. Since 2013, he has represented http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michigan%27s_12th_congressional_district">Michigan’s 12th congressional district.

John Dingell is the current Dean of the House of Representatives. His first fights were for civil rights, clean water, Medicare, and American workers’ rights, and he continues to fight for protecting American jobs, improving the safety of our food and drug supply, strengthening consumer product safety, implementing pipeline safety measures and scores more.

An avid conservationist and outdoorsman, Dingell wrote the Endangered Species Act, the 1990 Clean Air Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act, and legislation to build North America’s first international wildlife refuge. As a lifetime advocate for protecting public health, he authored the Affordable Care Act, the Patient’s Bill of Rights, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, the Mammography Quality Standards Act, the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, the Prescription Drug User Fee Act, and others. Dingell continues to be a champion of working across the Congressional aisle.

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