Former Rep. John Dingell Jr., the longest-serving member of Congress in U.S. historical past, is receiving hospice care and has most cancers, a source near the household confirmed Wednesday, after his spouse and successor, Rep. Debbie Dingell, introduced he was coming into “a new phase” of his life.
“Friends and colleagues know me and know I would be in Washington right now unless something was up,” Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., revealed on her Facebook web page. “I am home with John and we have entered a new phase.”
Dingell, age 92, is thought to have been in declining well being in current months. He additionally suffered a coronary heart assault Sept. 17, 2018.
“He is my love and we have been a team for nearly 40 years,” the congresswoman wrote. “I will be taking each day as it comes. We thank people for their friendship and support and ask for prayers and privacy during this difficult time.”
Debbie Dingell was not current for President Donald Trump’s State of the Union handle Tuesday night, prompting her to elucidate her absence. The two have been married in 1981.
Dingell succeeded his father, John Dingell Sr., at age 29, taking workplace on Dec. 13, 1955, and serving 30 phrases within the House of Representatives. He retired January 3, 2015, after a storied profession contained in the Capitol – significantly on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, the place he served two stints as chairman.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, who described himself as “a very close friend” of Dingell’s, mentioned he spoke to Congresswoman Dingell on Tuesday, and that she “obviously is concerned” for her husband.
“John Dingell was one of the great legislators that has served in this Congress and certainly one of the great legislators that I’ve served with whose impact – clean air, clean water, consumer protections, financial regulations – he was a tireless advocate for the people,” Hoyer, D-Md., mentioned. “John Dingell was a giant legislator on behalf of the people. I hope that he does better.”
Even in retirement, Dingell can also be broadly appreciated for his colourful humor, significantly on Twitter, the place he has 252,000 followers and sometimes ribs Republicans.
The American folks wait with bated breath as their fool president proclaims one thing he may have carried out 35 days in the past to keep away from this nationwide shame of a shutdown. The Art of the Deal.
— John Dingell (@JohnDingell) January 25, 2019
Dingell was drafted into the U.S. Army, serving from 1944-1946, attaining the rank of Second Lieutenant. He didn’t deploy abroad to a theater of battle throughout World War II.
HarperCollins just lately revealed Dingell’s memoir, titled: “The Dean: The Best Seat in the House.”