Remembering some of John Dingell's greatest moments on Twitter

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Political giant John Dingell dies at 92

Born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on July 8, 1926, John David Dingell Jr. grew up in MI, where his father was elected to Congress as a "New Deal" Democrat in 1932.

Dingell represented parts of southeast MI for almost 60 years before retiring in 2014 as the longest-serving member of Congress in US history. He spoke out often and harshly against President Donald Trump. Whitmer issued a statement in a news release Thursday night.

In an acknowledgement of his legacy, President Trump had flags lowered to half-staff.

Kasich, who spoke to The Associated Press after reports that Dingell was in hospice but before his death, recalled the Democrat's power and toughness as well as his kindness and collegiality - traits that transferred well to Twitter. As the representative of Dearborn, once home to the largest Ford factory in the world, Dingell was known as a fierce defender of the auto industry. "In 2010, it was my privilege to hold that same gavel as we passed the Affordable Care Act".

The then-President Barack Obama awarded Dingell with Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country's highest civilian honour, in November 2014.

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In McCain's letter, the late Arizona Republican appeared to repudiate Trump's politics one last time, saying, "We weaken our greatness when we confuse our patriotism with tribal rivalries that have sown resentment and hatred and violence in all the corners of the globe". "Michelle and I send our warmest sympathies to Debbie, the entire Dingell family, and all the Michiganders and Americans whose lives are better because of his lifetime of service".

"He believed in an America that had room for everyone of us", said his son, Christopher Dingell.

Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow wrote in a post on Twitter: "We have been incredibly lucky to have you and will miss you dearly". Debbie Dingell, who took over her husband's seat in Congress upon his retirement in 2015, announced the former congressman would be interred at Arlington National Cemetery.

John was the representative for Michigan's 15th Congressional District for 59 years - beginning in 1955, when as a 29-year-old he succeeded his father who died in office, until his wife won his seat in 2014.

At the outset of his final term as chairman, Dingell clashed with Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) over her plans to create a select committee on climate change, which the turf-conscious chairman famously called "as useful as feathers on a fish".

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