Mayor Duggan on Passing of Former Congressman John Dingell
Mayor Mike Duggan today issued the following statement on the passing of former Congressman John Dingell:
I am deeply saddened at the death of John Dingell. He will be remembered as one of the greatest legislators in American history who never forgot about the people he served and the city of Detroit.
When our workers or automakers needed help, John always answered their call. No one fought harder for working people in Congress than John did.
When the Rouge and Detroit Rivers festered with pollution, John led the effort in Congress to clean them up.
Perhaps most importantly, when his father died, John carried on his legacy of fighting for universal healthcare coverage. He presided over the House when Medicare passed in 1965, and he was there when President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law in 2010. More than 680,000 Michiganders have healthcare today thanks to John never giving up on his father’s dream.
While it’s hard to imagine a world without John Dingell, his legacy of working to improve people’s lives will last forever.
John was a great personal friend to me for more than 30 years. On behalf of the entire city of Detroit, our hearts and prayers go out to Debbie and the rest of the Dingell family during this difficult time.