Michigan is mourning the loss of the “Dean of the Congress” former Representative John Dingell. Many will recognize the longest serving member of the U.S. Congress for his stalwart support of the downriver district that he and his family have represented since 1933. Others will remember him for his pioneering leadership in advocating for universal healthcare and support of the auto industry, as a champion for the environment and a staunch believer in Article One of the U.S. Constitution, and the responsibilities and powers of the Congress. And some will remember him for his incredibly sharp wit, command of history and facile tweeting on social media.
For Michigan philanthropy, we will miss John Dingell for all these reasons, but equally for his clear and firm dedication to ensuring a strong philanthropic sector. Congressman Dingell engaged directly with foundations and nonprofits not only in his own district but also with those throughout the country. Every year, the Congressman was willing and eager to receive members of the Michigan delegation for Foundations on the Hill and learn about the issues facing our field. His own work in education, healthcare, workforce development and the environment were often informed by and supported through Michigan philanthropy. He was a champion and a partner, and he will be missed.
Michigan will be ever grateful to John Dingell, Jr. for his servant leadership in the Congress and to Michigan citizens. On behalf of the Council of Michigan Foundations’ Board of Trustees and our members, we express our condolences to the Dingell Family and the many Michigan families and communities John Dingell, Jr. served. His was a life well lived.
Kyle Caldwell David "DJ" Jones
President & CEO Chair
Council of Michigan Foundations Council of Michigan Foundations
Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation