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EMU Political Science Professor Talks About The Life & Legacy Of John Dingell

Feb 6, 2019

Former US Representative John Dingell
Credit US House of Representatives

With Michigan Congressman John Dingell in hospice care following a cancer diagnosis a year ago, many people are talking about his impact on American politics and the country.

89.1 WEMU’s Lisa Barry spoke to Eastern Michigan University political science professor Ed Sidlow about the Dingell family’s political influence that spans nearly 90 years.


Ed Sidlow is a political science professor at Eastern Michigan University and a frequent political commentator.  He says John Dingell was a very talented politician.

“When he was in Congress, he managed to be good to the automobile companies and be also viewed as very, very pro-environment, and that’s a real tightwire act that he was able to walk, and walk quite successfully,” Sidlow says.

Dr. Ed Sidlow
Credit Eastern Michigan University

Sidlow says John Dingell will be remembered as an “honorable, long-serving member of Congress” with deep political roots committed to many causes, including national health care.

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— Lisa Barry is the host of All Things Considered on WEMU. You can contact Lisa at 734.487.3363, on Twitter @LisaWEMU, or email her at lbarryma@emich.edu