Dingell misses SOTU to be with spouse, the former Dean of the House

    Debbie Dingell | Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan photo, Flickr

    U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn) wasn’t at President Trump’s State of the Union on Tuesday night because she was home with her husband, former U.S. Rep. John Dingell (D-Dearborn).

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    The congresswoman tweeted a message Wednesday morning that “we have entered a new phase.” John Dingell, who is 92, suffered a heart attack in September 2018. Debbie Dingell’s office declined to comment further than the tweet.

    “Friends and colleagues know me and know I would be in Washington right now unless something was up,” she said on Twitter. “… He is my love and we have been a team for nearly 40 years.”

    John Dingell is the longest-serving member of Congress in history and retired in 2015. Debbie Dingell won his 12th District seat in Southeast Michigan.

    Dingell succeeded his father, John Dingell Sr., in 1955, and was a legendary chair of the powerful U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee for years. A champion of universal health care, Dingell proposed a bill during every session. Even in retirement, his witty tweets still get attention.

    The news sent shock waves in Michigan and Washington, D.C. today, with people expressing their thoughts on social media.

    Politico reporter Jake Sherman:

    U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint):

    The Michigan Democratic Party:

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