Congressman John Dingell (D-MI), the longest serving Member of Congress in U.S. history and a former Chairman of the powerful House Energy & Commerce Committee, will be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the White House on Monday. The White House notes that the “Medal of Freedom is the Nation’s highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”
Congressman Dingell has served Michigan in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1955, when he won a special election to succeed his father. While he is retiring this year, his Michigan seat will remain in the family, as his wife, Debbie Dingell, won election to it on November 4.
Other individuals who will be honored by the President with the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Monday include Tom Brokaw, Ethel Kennedy, Patsy Takemoto Mink, Edward Roybal, Meryl Streep, and Stevie Wonder.
By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations
Published: November 21, 2014