Industry Mourns Rep. John Dingell

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Rep. John Dingell (D-MI) died Thursday evening at age 92. He chaired the House Commerce Committee for 16 years, and retired in 2014. His wife Debbie, who now sits on the panel, said he was the longest-serving member of the U.S. Congress.

Current Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ), said Dingell fought, “to ensure the Committee maintained its broad jurisdiction, had deliberative debates and followed regular order. He said the committee room, “is rightfully named after Chairman John Dingell.”

Wireless Infrastructure Association President/CEO Jonathan Adelstein called Dingell, “a giant, the likes of which we may never see again. He was a tough but fair overseer when I was an FCC Commissioner. He was a master of House procedure who commanded respect for his commitment, dedication, unsurpassed intelligence, and legislative skill.”  

CTIA President/CEO, Meredith Attwell Baker called Dingell, “one of America’s most respected and storied legislators,” and a “lion” during his 59 years in the House. “He fought tirelessly for laws that would protect and improve the lives of all Americans. Those of us who had the opportunity to work with John can testify that he embodied everything a public servant should strive to be.”

NAB President/CEO Gordon Smith, who also served in Congress, said Dingell leaves “an indelible footprint on industries as diverse as communications, energy, and public health. Broadcasters were honored to call Chairman Dingell a friend, and we will never forget his tenacity, good humor and belief in the benefits of free and local radio and television.”

February 11, 2019

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