Bill introduced to rename highway after Dingell

    John Dingell | Library of Congress

    A state senator introduced legislation this week that would rename parts of a highway in Dearborn after the late U.S. Rep. John Dingell (D-Dearborn).

    Senate Bill 387, sponsored by state Sen. Sylvia Santana (D-Detroit), would rename a section of US-24 in Dingell’s home city of Dearborn as the “John D. Dingell, Jr. Memorial Highway.”

    Sylvia Santana

    In her statement announcing the bill, Santana said “John Dingell, Jr. was not only a dedicated husband and father, he was a generational leader who was deeply representative of the people in his district. … It’s my hope that this recognition will encourage all who travel the freeway to remember and learn more about such a wonderful, giving man.”

    Dingell, who served in Congress for longer than any representative in the country’s history, died in February at the age of 92 after a 2018 diagnosis of prostate cancer. He was survived by his wife, U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn), who, since 2015, has held his former seat in the 12th Congressional District.

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    In April, the U.S. House held its first ever hearing over “Medicare for All” legislation that would massively expand the nation’s public health care system. Debbie Dingell co-sponsored the Medicare for All legislation introduced this session by U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), a bill similar to the single-payer bills introduced every term by her late husband and his father before him.

    Santana’s bill renaming US-24 has been referred to the state Senate Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

    Derek Robertson
    Derek Robertson is a former reporter for the Advance. Previously, he wrote for Politico Magazine in Washington. He is a Genesee County native and graduate of both Wayne State University, where he studied history, and the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

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