December 12, 2014 - Issue: Vol. 160, No. 152 — Daily Edition113th Congress (2013 - 2014) - 2nd Session
HONORING CONGRESSMAN JOHN DINGELL ON HIS RETIREMENT; Congressional Record Vol. 160, No. 152
(Extensions of Remarks - December 12, 2014)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Pages E1799-E1800] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] HONORING CONGRESSMAN JOHN DINGELL ON HIS RETIREMENT ______ speech of HON. BETTY McCOLLUM of minnesota in the house of representatives Tuesday, December 9, 2014 Ms. McCOLLUM. Mr. Speaker, today I rise to honor the inspiring career of Congressman John Dingell, and his retirement from this institution after 59 dedicated years of public service. Few Americans have had a bigger, more lasting impact on the United States Congress than John Dingell. After serving his country in the Army during World War II, John was first elected to Congress in 1955, and has played a vital role in almost every significant piece of legislation passed over the last half century. During his time in office, John Dingell was a statesman who always put good policy above partisanship, and who nearly lost reelection because of his support for the Civil Rights Act of 1964. His impact on landmark legislation that includes Medicare, the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, and Affordable Care Act will continue to be felt for years to come. The People's House has suffered a great loss with the Congressman Dingell's retirement and his institutional knowledge will be sorely missed. Mr. Dingell has been an inspiration, mentor, and friend to those who were lucky enough to know him. It has been an honor to serve alongside him, and I have no doubt that his legacy will endure for generations to come. Mr. Speaker, please join me in honoring the service of Congressman John Dingell in the United States House of Representatives. [[Page E1800]] ____________________