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Salute for congressman’s service

June 12, 2013
Lehigh Acres Citizen

To the editor:

John D. Dingell is a Democrat from Michigan's 12th Congressional District (the 15th before redistricting in 2013). Dingell is serving his 30th term in the U.S. House of Representatives.

He succeeded his father, John Dingell Sr., for that office. Dingell was born on July 8, 1926, in Colorado Springs. He is a graduate of Georgetown University.

At present he sits on the Energy and Commerce Committee and four subcommittees. Legislation sponsored and voted on in 60 years is a very, very long list. Healthcare has been at the top.

Following his father, who pushed for healthcare insurance in 1943, John Dingell Jr. first introduced healthcare legislation in 1955 and has done so every year since then. Dingell is one of two remaining House members who served in World War II.

On Friday, June 7, Rep. John D. Dingell Jr. became the longest serving member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Thank you for a lifetime of service.

Joan Patterson

Lehigh Acres



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