John Dingell Served 50 Years.Ret 2014.ManuelBalceCeneta.AP

U.S. Congressman John Dingell has died, the longest-serving member of Congress in history at 59 years. He was a consummate dealmaker who championed environmental causes, but also protected Detroit’s auto industry in ways that were bad for the environment; a liberal Democrat, he bucked his party by favoring gun rights and opposing abortion. He had a lifelong interest in improving health care and presided over the House when Medicare was passed in 1965; 40 years later he helped pass Obamacare. He succeeded his father in office, and 59 years later, his wife succeeded him; in retirement he became a star on Twitter for his biting political comments, which he wrote himself; the day he died he dictated a final message to American voters, which ran a few hours later as an opinion article in The Washington Post. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)

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