(Washington Examiner) Former Rep. John Dingell, whose nearly 60-year tenure in the House made him the longest-serving member of Congress, died Thursday at the age of 92.
The Michigan Democrat had entered hospice care earlier this week, his wife, Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., tweeted. She confirmed his death to the Detroit News.
John Dingell first rose to Congress in a 1955 special election to succeed his late father, John Dingell Sr. There, he chaired the House Energy and Commerce Committee, where he conducted what he called aggressive oversight of the executive branch and later became ranking Democrat on the panel.
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While a stalwart Democrat, John Dingell at times clashed with his party over gun rights. For many years, he received an A-plus rating from the National Rifle Association, though he moderated his views in later years as his party moved left. He regained the gavel in 2006, but left after two years, in part due to concerns from his increasingly liberal-minded colleagues over his opposition to environmental regulations.