Christopher Dingell remembers his father, the longest serving congressman in history

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Dingell included, for good measure, a touching tribute to his wife and the record number of women now serving in Congress.

"I said, 'Who the hell is that?' And they said, 'That's McCain, ' and I said, 'What'd he do?' And they said, '"He's a great big hero, ' " John recalled that August".

"M$3 uch as I have found Twitter to be a useful means of expression, some occasions merit more than 280 characters", he said, a sly nod to his penchant for burning President Donald Trump on the social media network.

Dingell died Thursday at age 92 while with his wife at their home in Dearborn, a Detroit suburb.

"He was my love", Debbie Dingell said by phone late Thursday, sobbing.

"Friends and colleagues know me and know I would be in Washington right now unless something was up", she said. "He will be remembered for his decades of public service to the people of Southeast Michigan, his razor sharp wit, and a lifetime of dedication to improving the lives of all who walk this Earth".

Three former presidents - Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama - expressed their condolences for the long-serving lawmaker. Both events will be open to the public.

For more than 16 years Dingell led the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee, which is responsible for overseeing the Medicare and Medicaid programs, the U.S. Public Health Service, the Food and Drug Administration and the National Institutes of Health.

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With the expansion of Twitter, Dingell became known for his commentary on current events through snarky and sometimes hard-hitting tweets that often went viral.

John Dingell responded: 'Buddy, I think you might want to sit this one out'. After a brief stint in the Army near the end of World War II, the younger Dingell earned his bachelor's and law degrees from Georgetown University. He was 92 years old.

Dingell has been in and out of the hospital multiple times since retiring from Congress. Robert Byrd of West Virginia as the longest-serving member. He didn't run for re-election for a 30th term in 2014 and was succeeded by his wife, Debbie Dingell, a former General Motors Co. executive.

Debbie Dingell, 65, was elected to fill his congressional seat in 2014.

For his service, Dingell received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's greatest civilian award, by President Barack Obama on November 24, 2014.

John had a heart attack in September, according to ABC News, and was suffering from complications of prostate cancer, the Washington Post reported.

His wife Debbie said at the time: 'He's alert and in good spirits, cracking jokes like always'.

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