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Steel advocate John Dingell set to retire

Keywords: Tags  John Dingell, steel, Congressional Steel Caucus, retirement, Thomas Gibson, American Iron and Steel Institute, AISI, Jo Isenberg-O'Loughlin

NEW YORK — Rep. John D. Dingell (D., Mich.), a longtime supporter of the U.S. steel industry, a member of the Congressional Steel Caucus and the longest-serving member of Congress in history, announced Feb. 24 that he will not run for re-election.

Over his 58 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, Dingell forged what Thomas J. Gibson, president and chief executive officer of the American Iron and Steel Institute, lauded as a "distinguished career," one that "will be marked by a strong legacy for the steel industry.

"He has helped lead the fight against currency manipulation and other unfair trade practices, advocated for the advanced high-strength steel technologies that are changing the automaking landscape and has gone to bat for the steel industry," Gibson said in a statement. "His leadership and support for American manufacturing will be missed."

In a recent action, Dingell, 87, was one of a group of six lawmakers who sent a letter early last month to President Obama reiterating the need to include currency manipulation provisions in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement.

Dingell, whose term expires in December, sits on all six subcommittees of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. He also votes on the Subcommittee on Health; the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology; the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade; and the Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy. He represents Michigan’s 12th Congressional District, which includes parts of Wayne and Washtenaw counties, and stretches from Detroit’s western suburbs to Ann Arbor.

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