Dingell political dynasty: Dingell was first elected to Congress in a 1955 special election to replace his father, John Dingell Sr., a New Deal Democrat, who had died of tuberculosis while in office. "He is my love and we have been a team for almost 40 years", she wrote on Twitter. One can know it is coming, but nothing prepares you for the hole in your heart.
"Sleep is hard.I want to share his last few days", she wrote.
John Dingell was 55 and Debbie Dingell was 27 when they met. On Thursday, after reports that he had entered hospice care, he tweeted that his wife would be taking over his feed after "long negotiations" and added "you're not done with me yet".
"Every chapter of Chairman John Dingell's life has been lived in service to our country, from his time as a House Page, to his service in the Army during World War II, to his nearly six decades serving the people of MI in the U.S. Congress. John Dingell leaves a towering legacy of unshakable strength, boundless energy and transformative leadership", she said in a statement.
He became known for his fierce defense of Detroit-area of auto workers and fought to pass monumental healthcare, civil rights and conservation laws.
Dingell had 252,000 followers on Twitter, which was an outlet for the outspoken Democrat's wry takes and quick wit. John McCain before his death in August from brain cancer. Sharp as hell and tougher than a $2 steak.
"We saw some rather great things", Dingell said in a 2012 oral history interview with the office of the House historian. "I look forward to catching up with him soon". And I would tell the industry folks, 'You've got to go along.
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John said the pair didn't work on many issues together but crossed the aisle on some.
Rep. John Dingell was seated next to President Barack Obama when he signed the Affordable Care Act into law at the White House on March 23, 2010.
But he was never self-serious.
"He taught me how to shoot a rifle", former Ohio Rep. Dennis Eckhart told The Associated Press in 2009.
And much as I have found Twitter to be a useful means of expression, some occasions merit more than 280 characters.
On the day of his death, longtime Rep. John Dingell dictated a farewell message to America and used some of his final words to criticize President Donald Trump. The funeral is planned for 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at the Church of the Divine Child.
A public visitation will be held Monday at Ford Community and Performing Arts Center in Dearborn.