John Dingell’s Historic Tenure


U.S. Rep. John Dingell at the University of Michigan Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy

On June 7, 2013, U.S. Rep. John Dingell will become the longest-serving member of Congress in American history. His 12th congressional district includes the University of Michigan, which he visits regularly and meets with students, faculty and staff.

When Congressman Dingell first joined Congress in 1955, U-M’s president was Harlan H. Hatcher, the North Campus was in its infancy, and overall student enrollment was less than 28,000.

Today’s University leaders share their thoughts about the congressman:

“John Dingell is an icon of public service. His remarkable tenure in Congress has been of tremendous benefit to Michiganders, while also serving as a powerful model for our students, particularly those studying public policy and political science. We are both fortunate and proud to be represented by him.”
President Mary Sue Coleman

Ora Pescovitz portrait “John Dingell has been a relentless advocate for health care and academic medicine during his Congressional career – a career which is unsurpassed in longevity and achievement. From his leadership on drafting and passing the Affordable Care Act, to his support of veterans’ care, to his strong voice in the fight to fund biomedical research and medical education, he has been one of our greatest partners, and he has built an impressive and enduring legacy. Thank you, Congressman Dingell, for your stalwart leadership and extraordinary contributions.”
Ora Pescovitz, executive vice president for medical affairs

Susan Collins portrait “We're so grateful to John Dingell for his decades of principled service and for his friendship with the Ford School. The Congressman has been a wonderful resource to Ford School students as both role model and advisor. And as a living link to our namesake, he has done much to weave President Ford's legacy into our work and mission.”
Susan Collins, dean, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy

Michael Proppe portrait “I had the opportunity to meet John Dingell during a trip to the Capitol as part of a Michigan course. He captured the attention of the class with his wealth of knowledge, good nature, and genuine concern for the well-being of his constituents. Representative Dingell’s iconic career harkens back to a time when policy trumped politics and solutions bested partisanship. His lifelong commitment to public service is admirable, and tens of thousands of Michigan students are proud to call him our Congressman.”
Michael Proppe, student body president, Central Student Government

Please view photos of U.S. Rep. John Dingell at the University of Michigan.