John Dingell

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John Dingell
U.S. Representative – MI-15
Image:Rep. John Dingell Jr.jpg
Party Democratic
Assumed office

December 13, 1955

Preceded by John D. Dingell, Sr.
Committees
Born July 8, 1926
Spouse Deborah Dingell
Religion Roman Catholic


Congressman John D. Dingell, Jr., Democrat, represents the 15th Congressional District of Michigan.

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Background

Representative Dingell was born July 8, 1926 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He split much of his childhood between Detroit and Washington, DC, while his father, also named John, served as Congressman from Michigan’s 15th district. [1]

In 1944, at the age of 18, the younger Dingell joined the US Army and prepared to fight the Axis powers in World War II. He rose to the rank of Second Lieutenant and received orders to take part in the first wave of a planned invasion of Japan in November of 1945. The Congressman has said President Truman’s decision to use the atomic bomb to end the war ‘saved’ his life. [2]

Rep. Dingell finished his military service in the fall of 1946, and then attended Georgetown University where he studied chemistry. He continued his studies at Georgetown Law School, graduating in 1952. He then worked as a forest ranger, a prosecuting attorney for Wayne County and ran his own private law office. When his father passed away while still a Member of the US House of Representatives in 1955, the younger Dingell stepped up to fill the void, beginning his career on Capitol Hill at the age of 29. [3]

Dingell is called the ‘Dean of the House’ for having served the longest, continuous tenure in the 435-member body.

His district is part of metro Detroit, and he is known for his pro-Arab-emigrant stance.

Committees

  • Chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce
    • Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection, Ex Officio
    • Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality
    • Subcommittee on Environment and Hazardous Materials
    • Subcommittee on Health
    • Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
    • Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet

Other

  • Migratory Bird Conservation Commission

Contact

Washington DC Office
2328 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-4071

Dearborn Office
19855 West Outer Drive
Suite 103-E
Dearborn, MI 48124
Phone: (313) 278-2936

Monroe Office
23 East Front Street
Suite 103
Monroe, MI 48161
Phone: (734) 243-1849

Ypsilanti Office
5 South Washington Street
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Phone: (734) 481-1100

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