John Dingell, Jr. of Michigan served in the U.S. House of Representatives from his first election in 1955 until 2015—an incredible six decades—making him the longest serving Member of Congress in U.S. history.
Throughout his life and Congressional service, Dingell was an avid sportsman and friend to America’s hunters.
SCI President Paul Babaz observed, “I learned of his passing last night and was reminded of the many accomplishments of this great man and the debt we, as hunters, owe him. The sportsmen and women of America lost a titan in our community.”
Dingell served as a member and chairman of the powerful Energy & Commerce committee, where he a championed hunting and defended the Second Amendment, serving on the NRA board of directors for several years.
Known as “The Chairman” by friends and foes alike, Dingell served in the House for 59 years and 22 days, casting 28,551 votes, according to the House historian.
Dingell was at the forefront of supporting legislation that impacted wildlife conservation. The Dingell-Johnson Act, which provides financial assistance for state fish restoration and management is just one example of Dingell’s dedication to wildlife management.
In recognition of his tireless work on behalf of hunters, SCI awarded Chairman Dingell with both its prestigious Legislator of The Year Award and Heritage award.
“I want to extend the condolences of SCI’s members and my personal condolences to Chairman Dingell’s widow, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, and to his family and friends,” said Paul Babaz. “We have truly lost a great leader in the hunting world.”