Amata’s statement on the passing of Congressman John Dingell
Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Aumua Amata released the following statement regarding the passing of Rep. John Dingell at 92 years of age, the longest serving Congressman in the history of the country:
“Congressman John Dingell served almost 60 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, and holds a place in history as our nation’s longest-serving congressman. As time passed, he naturally became the most experienced member, and for many years was Dean of the House. As a youth, he was already a page in the House when President Franklin Roosevelt delivered his famous “Day of Infamy” speech following Pearl Harbor.
“Congressman Dingell and Governor Tali Peter T. Coleman were undergraduates together at Georgetown University, and both graduated with the Class of 1949 then proceeded to law school there. I happened to learn that fact years ago when Dad mentioned it to me. Just a few years after that, and around the same time in their careers, Peter Coleman was first appointed Governor and John Dingell was first elected to Congress.
“I offer my deepest condolences to his wife, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell. We were both elected to Congress in 2014, and have become good friends. Along with many of my colleagues, I plan to attend the congressman’s funeral services early this week before Congress resumes its votes and hearings.”