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Michael Patrick Shiels
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Posted: Monday, 24 February 2014 1:50PM

Upton, Obama, Levin React To Retirement Of Congressman John Dingell



Reaction is coming in from the entire political spectrum to the retirement announcement from the longest-serving member of Congress in U.S. History. Democrat John Dingell of Dearborn has decided not to seek a 30th term in the House this fall.

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Congressman Fred Upton of St. Joseph now chairs the House Energy and Commerce Committee which Dingell controlled for years and called it a "real pleasure" to work closely with the larger-than-life Democrat. Upton noted he and Dingell have enjoyed a "strong bipartisan partnership" on issues from the recovery of the auto insutry, updating pipeline safety standards and ensuring drug laws are complete. He added quote, "the term 'legendary' will always be associated with the name 'John Dingell.'" In his retirement announcement, Dingell said the country and Congress have become too partisan for his tastes.

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Upton added that by any standard, Dingell quote, "will not only be viewed as the 'Dean of the House,' but also one with an incredible record of getting the job done."

President Obama called Dingell "one of the most influential legislators of all time," noting he served in World War Two before his election in 1955 to replace his late father in Congress. The President added Dingell risked his seat with his support in 1964 of the Civil Rights Act, battled to pass Medicare in 1965 and authored landmark reforms including the Clean Air Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act and the Endangered Species Act. U.S. Senator Carl Levin said Dingell will be remembered as "a supreme fighter for working men and women who has built a record of accomplishment second to none." He went on to call Dingell a "rare combination of legislative skill, steely determination, hard work and generosity of spirit" and noted that helped him play a vital role in nearly every major congressional initiative in the past 50 years.



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