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Snyder statement on retirement of U.S. Rep. John Dingell

 Monday, Feb. 24, 2014

 LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today issued the following statement after U.S. Rep. John Dingell announced his retirement:

“John Dingell has devoted his life to public service, including serving in the U.S. Army during the Second World War, and dedicating nearly 60 years as congressman in service of the people of Southeast Michigan. Sue and I are proud to call ourselves his constituents.

“As the longest-serving member in the history of Congress, Rep. Dingell has shown the unique ability to put politics aside and work across party lines to help improve the quality of life for those he represents. Throughout his distinguished career, he has stood up for working families and worked to strengthen the economy. He has been a strong voice for civil rights, helped guarantee equal access and diversity in the Michigan school system, has consistently fought for our veterans, and led conservation efforts and worked to protect the environment, including helping establish the Detroit International Wildlife Refuge.

“We should all be proud and inspired by John Dingell’s lifetime of service to our state, and on behalf of all Michiganders, I sincerely thank the gentleman from Dearborn for everything he has done for our great state. I wish him, his wife, Debbie, and their family nothing but the best as they begin this new chapter in their lives.”