Pelosi Statement on the Passing of Congressman John David Dingell, Jr.

February 7, 2019

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement on the passing of Chairman John David Dingell, Jr. of Michigan, who was the longest-serving Member of Congress in history:

“Today, we have lost a beloved pillar of the Congress and one of the greatest legislators in American history.  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 almost six decades serving the people of Michigan in the U.S. Congress.  John Dingell leaves a towering legacy of unshakable strength, boundless energy and transformative leadership.

“Chairman Dingell had a hand in crafting many major legislative accomplishments over the past half-century.  Yet, among the vast array of historic legislative achievements, few hold greater meaning than his tireless commitment to the health of the American people.  During every Congress since 1955, Chairman Dingell introduced legislation to secure affordable, quality health care for all Americans.  Because of his father’s legacy and his own leadership, in 1965, he gaveled Medicare into law. In 2010, it was my privilege to hold that same gavel as we passed the Affordable Care Act.

“Chairman Dingell was our distinguished Dean and Chairman, our legendary colleague and a beloved friend.  His memory will stand as an inspiration to all who worked with him or had the pleasure of knowing him.  His leadership will endure in the lives of the millions of American families he touched.  We hope it is a comfort to Chairman Dingell’s beloved wife, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, and their entire family that so many mourn their loss and pray for them at this sad time.”