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Dingell not only ‘witness to history … but a maker of it’

February 7, 2019

The Detroit News

By: Mark Hicks and Melissa Nann Burke

Former U.S. Rep. John Dingell Jr.’s death Thursday prompted an outpouring of praise from across Michigan and across the political aisles, as leaders from all walks of life agreed he was “not merely a witness to history … but a maker of it.”

From former presidents to titans of industry to those who knew him as a champion for his state, many said Dingell fought politically to find common ground, was deeply rooted in public service and focused on improving lives for generations.

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Dingell “paved the way for the kind of statesman-like leadership we long for today, embodying civility and an effortless way of working across the aisle,” said Sandy Baruah, president and CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber, which has made the restoration of political civility a major priority.

“John was a champion for Michigan and always placed the interests of people above party. This loss will not only be felt across the state, but the nation as well.”

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