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John Dingell Set To Retire From Congress

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SOUTHGATE, MI (WLNS) - Representative John Dingell, the longest-serving member of Congress in American history and a champion of Detroit's auto industry, has announced his retirement.

"Decades after his father first introduced a bill for comprehensive health reform, John continued to introduce health care legislation at the beginning of every session," said President Barack Obama. 
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And as an original author of the Affordable Care Act, he helped give millions of families the peace of mind of knowing they won't lose everything if they get sick."

The 87-year-old Dingell was first elected in 1955, filling the House seat vacated by his late father. Representative Dingell made the announcement Monday before a speech to a Detroit-area Chamber of Commerce.

John Dingell has devoted his life to public service, including serving in the U.S. Army during the Second World War, and dedicating nearly 60 years as congressman in service of the people of Southeast Michigan," said Governor Rick Snyder.

He became the longest-serving member of Congress last year.

Dingell is the former chairman of the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee and the Democrat has been a master of legislative deal-making and staunch advocate for the U.S. auto industry.

Dingell has played a role in a number of major pieces of legislation, including President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, Medicare.

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