Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich.

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Dingell has represented Michigan's 15th district since 1955 and is the longest serving current Member of the House and second longest serving Member in our nation's history. Over the last five decades, Dingell has written some of the best known laws protecting our health and our environment, as well as the rights of workers and consumers. One notable example is the 1990 Clean Air Act which is credited with cleaning up the air we breathe, while preserving American competitiveness. He fought for the passage of revolutionary legislation such as the Endangered Species Act. An avid conservationist and outdoorsman, and senior member on the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission, Congressman Dingell successfully passed legislation to create North America's first international wildlife refuge, protecting thousands of acres of natural habitat in Southeast Michigan and Canada. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees for the Nature Conservancy of Michigan. In the past, Dingell led successful efforts to stop the Bush Administration from allowing higher arsenic levels in drinking water and from cutting funds to investigate and prosecute environmental crimes. A defender of the "polluter pays" principle - which protects taxpayers from picking up the tab on environmental damage - he is fighting efforts by the Defense Department to exempt itself from some of our cornerstone environmental laws. Dingell served in the U.S. Army and rose to the rank of Second Lieutenant. After the war, he attended got a bachelor's degree at Georgetown University and a law degree at Georgetown Law School. He then worked as a forest ranger, a prosecuting attorney for Wayne County, and ran his own private law office. When his father passed away while still a Member of the US House of Representatives in 1955, the younger Dingell stepped up to fill the void, beginning his career on Capitol Hill at the age of 29.