Third Way Statement on the Announced Retirement of Congressman John D. Dingell
February 24, 2014
“When John Dingell steps out of the Well of the House of Representatives for the last time next year, it will draw to a close one of the most extraordinary tenures of public service in this nation’s history. His retirement after 58 years caps a career that is unprecedented not only in its longevity but also in its influence. Congressman Dingell embodies everything we envision a public servant to be: an honorable, talented man, deeply devoted to the betterment of our nation. He served our country in uniform in the Army in World War II and as a forest ranger, and out of uniform as the longest-serving Member in House history. He had a hand in shaping virtually every major piece of health, safety, environmental, and energy legislation in the last five decades, leaving a remarkable legacy of progress and achievement.
He will be missed not only as an exceptional public servant, but also as an invaluable leader for Third Way. It has been our honor to have him serve as an Honorary Co-Chair, and we wish him and his wife Debbie all of the best in their next steps. Congressman Dingell will leave the House far better for his having served in it, and we hope that his example will guide future congressional leaders on how to serve one’s constituents and the nation with such enormous distinction and grace.”
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