Nevada flags at half-staff to honor Michigan Rep.

From left Retired Rep. John Dingell and his wife Rep. Debbie Dingell who succeeded him in Congress in 2014

From left Retired Rep. John Dingell and his wife Rep. Debbie Dingell who succeeded him in Congress in 2014 Bill Clark CQ Roll Call

Former Rep. John Dingell (D-MI) passed away on Thursday, The Detroit News reports. Debbie Dingell, herself a former auto industry lobbyist.

As a tribute to his father, who served before him and who introduced the first congressional legislation to establish national health insurance during the New Deal, Dingell introduced his own national health insurance bill at the start of every Congress. While we didn't always agree on issues, I enjoyed Congressman Dingell's company and admired his patriotism, his love for our state, and our shared love for the University of MI. "A lion of the House".

Later in life, Dingell became known to a younger generation for his wit on Twitter.

US President Barack Obama presents the Medal of Freedom to Rep. John Dingell (D-MI) during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House on November 24, 2014 in Washington, DC. Generally a strong advocate for environmental protection, he was also an unwavering supporter of the auto industry and argued against environmental regulations for vehicle makers. Dingell represented the people of MI for almost 59 years and was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1955 and served through the end of his term in 2015.

The historian for the House of Representatives noted that Dingell served with 2,427 members of the House, or 22 percent of the House's total membership, 11 presidents, and 11 speakers of the House. "John Dingell will forever be remembered as "The Dean" of Congress, not simply for the length of his service, but for his unparalleled record of legislative accomplishments...".

From left President Barack Obama and retired Michigan Rep. John Dingell
From left President Barack Obama and retired Michigan Rep. John Dingell MANDEL NGAN AFP Getty

In the op-ed, he recalled how legislation like the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, Medicare and the Affordable Care Act ― all laws he helped pass ― transformed the USA during his time in office. "And he's a great tweeter as well".

"Deepest sympathies to Congresswoman Debbie Dingell and the entire family of John Dingell", Trump tweeted Friday. He built a following of more than 250,000 users, dwarfing that of many current members of Congress.

He also got in a few digs against President Donald Trump and critics of social programs.

KELLY:.Or this bit of Twitter jujitsu when the president tweeted, I rarely use a cellphone, and when I do, it's government-authorized; I like hard lines. After his wife, current Rep.

Dingell considered President George H.W. Bush a "dear friend", but also an "honest" one who would "often remark that I could be a "giant pain in the ass" at times". "But it has a nice ring to it, doesn't it?" Today the Great Lakes are so hospitable to marine life that one of our biggest challenges is controlling the invasive species that have made them their new home.

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