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).
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.”
I will be taking each day as it comes. We thank people for their friendship and support and ask for prayers and privacy during this difficult time.
— Rep. Debbie Dingell (@RepDebDingell) February 6, 2019
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:
Praying for John dingell, a powerhouse legislator and lifelong public servant. https://t.co/LdPV5nfZgn
— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) February 6, 2019
U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint):
— Rep. Dan Kildee (@RepDanKildee) February 6, 2019
The Michigan Democratic Party:
— Michigan Democrats (@MichiganDems) February 6, 2019