"Rep. John Dingell has been a champion for wildlife and has been a leader in helping enact policies to make our air and water cleaner and to help bring wildlife back from the brink of extinction."
02-25-2014 // Jordan Lubetkin
The National Wildlife Federation today thanked Rep. John Dingell for his years of service in the U.S. Congress, where he helped enact many of the nation’s landmark conservation laws that led to a cleaner environment for people and wildlife. Rep. Dingell, who announced today that he was retiring, is the longest-serving member of the U.S. House of Representatives.
"Rep. John Dingell has been a champion for wildlife and has been a leader in helping enact policies to make our air and water cleaner and to help bring wildlife back from the brink of extinction," said Larry Schweiger, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation. "Rep. Dingell is a wildlife conservation hero. We thank him for his years of dedication to help restore and protect fish and wildlife and their habitat."
Rep. Dingell helped define North American conservation by leading the enactment of the Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, the National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act, and the National Environmental Protection Act. Rep. Dingell helped pass legislation in the House to slow carbon emissions and later supported federal efforts to increase fuel efficiency standards--the biggest step America has taken to cut carbon pollution and reduce our oil dependence.
Rep. Dingell has also been instrumental in focusing national attention on restoring and protecting the Great Lakes through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative; the Detroit River through the establishment of the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge; and the Huron River, a tributary to Lake Erie. Rep. Dingell has served as a co-chair of the federal Great Lakes Task Force.
"Congressman Dingell’s retirement means that Congress will lose a conservation giant and the people of Michigan will lose their tireless champion," said Andy Buchsbaum, executive director of the National Wildlife Federation’s Great Lakes Regional Center. "Mr. Dingell has always remained deeply connected to the people and local communities that he serves. His passion for the Detroit and Huron Rivers match his commitment to our Great Lakes. As an avid sportsman, he has had a profound impact protecting fish and wildlife, not just here in Michigan but across the nation. We are greatly thankful for his service to people and wildlife, and we will miss his remarkable leadership. He is a good friend to all of us."