In Memoriam: John D. Dingell, Jr.
Many people worked to make the Endangered Species Act law in 1973, but no one did more than former U.S. Rep. John D. Dingell, Jr., who died last Thursday at 92.
Rep. Dingell was the lead sponsor of the bill that became the Act. He worked closely with Nixon administration officials to draft it, then shepherded it through a year of hearings. It got stronger because of testimony he elicited.
The Endangered Species Act is reason enough to revere Dingell. But he was also instrumental in passing the National Environmental Policy Act, Wilderness Act, Clean Water Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act and virtually every other environmental law the Center works under today.
The work he did for this country is immense, and so is our gratitude.
Read Dingell's last words for America in The Washington Post.