"John Dingell's service to the people of Michigan will endure for generations, long after he leaves the House of Representatives. The Chairman's work can be seen in Michigan's clean air and water, in the auto factories that employ thousands of Michigan workers, and through the quality health care that his work made available to our kids, families, and seniors.
"Serving alongside John Dingell during such a critical period in our nation's history was truly an honor. I consider him a mentor and a friend. While I am sad to see him leaving the job he has served in with such distinction for so many years, I know John and Debbie Dingell will continue to serve the people of Michigan for many more years to come. And I look forward to working with them to build a better future for our great state."
DCCC Chairman Steve Israel:
For more than half a century, John Dingell has served the people of Michigan and been a tireless champion for the health and well being of all Americans. His fingerprints can be traced back to nearly every issue vital to the American people, from civil rights to the passage of Medicare to protecting our auto industry and the good jobs that it creates. This is a solidly Democratic district that gave President Obama 67 percent of the vote in 2012, and I’m confident the people of Michigan will elect another passionate and problem-solving Democrat to follow in John’s very formidable footsteps. Across the country, the battlefield for open competitive seats in 2014 continues to provide the advantage for House Democrats, with 11 opportunities for Democratic pick-ups compared to only three for Republicans.