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]
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          HONORING CONGRESSMAN JOHN DINGELL ON HIS RETIREMENT

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                               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.

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