The Longest-Serving Congressman Who Added Twitter Star to His Many Accomplishments Dies at 92

The Longest-Serving Congressman Who Added Twitter Star to His Many Accomplishments Dies at 92 .

Michigan Democrat John Dingell, the longest-serving member of Congress in U.S. history who fought for years for

Key liberal causes including healthcare expansion and civil rights — and who more recently delighted his 264,000 followers on Twitter with biting commentary and wit — died Thursday at home in Dearborn. He was 92.

His wife, Rep. Debbie Dingell announced his passing in a statement.

“My true love is gone,” she wrote. “The tears are flowing pretty freely as I miss the man that made me whole. One can know it is coming, but nothing prepares you for the hole in your heart. He was my one and only true love.”

“The Lovely Deborah is insisting I rest and stay off here, but after long negotiations we’ve worked out a deal where she’ll keep up with Twitter for me as I dictate the messages. I want to thank you all for your incredibly kind words and prayers. You’re not done with me just yet.”

John was the representative for Michigan’s 15th Congressional District for 59 years — beginning in 1955, when as a 29-year-old he succeeded his father who died in office, until his wife won his seat in 2014.

He became known for his fierce defense of Detroit-area of auto workers and fought to pass monumental healthcare, civil rights and conservation laws.

John’s humor became well-known once he took up Twitter. Soon after the late Sen. John McCain announced in 2017 that he was diagnosed with brain cancer,

In an interview with PEOPLE in 2017, John recalled his first glimpse of McCain when the latter was then a Republican freshman on the floor of the legislature.

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