(WXYZ) — Before he died Thursday, John Dingell had one last message for the country.
The Washington Post has published an opinion column from Dingell, which the paper says he dictated to his wife, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, just before he passed away.
In it, Dingell says "I’m immensely proud, and eternally grateful, for having had the opportunity to play a part in all of these efforts during my service in Congress. And it’s simply not possible for me to adequately repay the love that my friends, neighbors and family have given me and shown me during my public service and retirement."
Dingell also talks about the role of government, what he views as the country's progress over the last 50 years and his relationship with Debbie Dingell.