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Upton Comments on Passing of John Dingell

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Washington, February 7, 2019 | Joan Hillebrands (202-225-3761) | comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today released the following statement on the passing of former Michigan Congressman John Dingell:

“John Dingell’s colleagues - and I was proud to be one of them - were always educated, inspired, and in fact awed by him.”

“With John you always knew where you stood. If you disagreed you better have a damn good reason why. Simply reverting to rhetoric or the party line would not fly because he knew the issues “inside and out” and always did his homework.”

“John would outthink, outwork, and outfox nearly everyone.”

“John was enormous in stature, integrity, and accomplishments. When he put his hand on your shoulder and spoke, you listened. Representing the great state of Michigan was truly a labor of love and John Dingell fiercely fought to support and rescue our auto industry in the toughest of times.”

“There is a reason why a Dingell has represented Southeast Michigan for some 86 years. Their constituents know they always put country over everything else. They have all been chiseled from the same block of gold.”

“My wife Amey and I want to express our deep condolences to his family. Especially his wife, and our good friend, Debbie during this difficult time.”

In 2013, Upton named the Energy and Commerce Committee main hearing room the John D. Dingell Hearing Room. He served as Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee from 1981-1994 and again from 2007-2008.

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