John Dingell, the longest serving congressman in United States history, has died aged 92.
Dingell had more than 250,000 followers on Twitter, which was an outlet for the outspoken Democrat's wry takes and quick wit.
"He is my love and we have been a team for almost 40 years", said Dingell. Dingell represented the powerful auto industry in southeastern MI and opposed many efforts to require safety equipment and fuel and emission standards. During his life, he served in Congress as a member of the House of Representatives for 59 years, becoming the longest-serving congressman.
Funeral services have already been planned for Dingell.
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Dingell's combination of seniority, broad jurisdiction and willingness to twist arms made him one of the most powerful and feared members of Congress. "And he's a great tweeter as well". In 2014, Dingell told Politico Magazine, "If you look, you'll find that what I did was make these laws tolerant for industry".
SHAPIRO: For example, replying to Aaron M. Sanchez's tweet asking people to, quote, "name one thing from your childhood someone younger wouldn't understand", Dingell replied with three words - the Great Depression.
And much as I have found Twitter to be a useful means of expression, some occasions merit more than 280 characters. After his wife, current Rep. I think he really stood up for what is good about public service.
Dingell favored abolishing the Senate, where legislation faces a higher threshold for passage, and combining the two chambers into one. "But it has a nice ring to it, doesn't it?"
His wife, Debbie Dingell, ran for his seat and is now serving her third term. John Dingell was the longest-serving Democrat in the House of Representatives at the time of his retirement in 2015.
"The Lovely Deborah is insisting I rest and stay off here, but after long negotiations we've worked out a deal where she'll keep up with Twitter for me as I dictate the messages", Dingell wrote on Twitter Wednesday, referencing his wife. "The President (Franklin D. Roosevelt) declared war the day after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor (December 8, 1941)".