On Friday, President Donald Trump joined the nation in mourning the loss of America’s longest-serving congressman, Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.), who passed away on Thursday night.
In a statement issued to IJR by the White House, the president ordered the flag of the United States be lowered to half-mast in Dingell’s honor:
“As a mark of respect for the memory and longstanding service of former Representative John David Dingell, Jr., of Michigan — the longest-serving Member of Congress in our Nation’s history — I hereby order, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, February 9, 2019.”
— NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (@NBCNightlyNews) February 8, 2019
President Trump also shared his condolences with Dingell’s wife in a touching tweet paying tribute to his service.
“Deepest sympathies to Congresswoman Debbie Dingell and the entire family of John Dingell,” he wrote. “Longest serving Congressman in Country’s history which, if people understand politics, means he was very smart. A great reputation and highly respected man.”
Deepest sympathies to Congresswoman Debbie Dingell and the entire family of John Dingell. Longest serving Congressman in Country’s history which, if people understand politics, means he was very smart. A great reputation and highly respected man.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 8, 2019
The president’s heartfelt message comes after his predecessor former President Barack Obama also honored the late congressman.
As IJR Blue reported, Obama remembered Dingell, who served alongside him during his presidency, on Friday:
“He had a long tradition of introducing legislation on the first day of each new Congress to guarantee health care for every single American. Because of him, we’ve come closer to that vision than ever before. And when we finally achieve it — and we will — we’ll all owe him our gratitude. Michelle and I send our warmest sympathies to Debbie, the entire Dingell family, and all the Michiganders and Americans whose lives are better because of his lifetime of service.”
Dingell passed away peacefully at the age of 92 on Thursday in his home in Michigan.