Dingell loses; so does Detroit
Moderate Democratic Congressman John Dingell (MI), who has been in the House of Representatives for 53 years, lost his chairmanship of the House Energy and Commerce Committee today. With the “Dean of the House’s” loss, Detroit also loses its top-ally in Congress.
The “Old Bull” will be replaced by Congressman Henry Waxman (D-CA), a liberal who allied himself with President-elect Obama’s policies of “change.”
Dingell had long been an advocate for Detroit and the bane of environmentalists, consistently opposing greater fuel efficiency standards. Dingell also has close personal connections to the auto industry, with his wife serving as an executive at General Motors.
Read more about Dingell’s loss here.