LANSING, Mich. – Michigan Senate honored Representative John David Dingell Jr. Thursday as the longest serving member of Congress. A resolution was co-sponsored by every member of the Michigan Senate and the Lt. Governor. As of June 7, 2013, Congressman Dingell will be the longest serving member of Congress, with 20,997 days served.
Dingell has been elected to two 29 full two-year terms. After his father's death in 1955, he continued his legacy in Congress, serving the remainder of his his term, and introducing national health insurance bills, helping pass Medicare, and also being a key proponent of legislation to instate food safety laws.
Dingell's influence can also be seen in environmental Acts such as the Ocean Dumping Act, the Marine Mammal Protection Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Air Act, The Clean Water Act, the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, and more. He has also been a defender of the U.S. Second Amendment right to bear arms.
Congressman Dingell has also served as an advocate for the auto industries and in helping grant loans to restructure them in 2008-2009.
"Congressman Dingell has served our state and our country admirably for nearly 60 years," said Senator Hopgood. "It was a tremendous honor to recognize the great Congressman for his accomplishments, tireless service and countless contributions for the betterment of this great state of Michigan."