The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies Mourns the Death of Former Rep. John Dingell, Jr.

February 12, 2019

Last week the conservation community lost a great conservation hero.  Congressman John Dingell, Jr. was the longest serving member of Congress in U.S. history and one of the greatest advocates for conservation policy.  The Dingell family has been representing Michigan in Congress since 1933, first with Dingell’s father and currently with his wife, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell.

“We have lost one of the greats,” said Ed Carter, President of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and Executive Director of Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. “Congressman Dingell was a true conservation hero and a leading champion for wildlife conservation.  We send our heartfelt condolences to the Dingell family.”

“Congressman Dingell will be remembered for his decades of service to the people of Michigan and for his leadership in fish and wildlife conservation for our nation,” said Executive Director Ron Regan.

Dingell is survived Rep. Debbie Dingell, whom he married in 1981, and three children, John Dingell III, Christopher Dingell, and Jennifer Dingell.


The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies represents North America’s fish and wildlife agencies to advance sound, science-based management and conservation of fish and wildlife and their habitats in the public interest. The Association represents its state agency members on Capitol Hill and before the Administration to advance favorable fish and wildlife conservation policy and funding and works to ensure that all entities work collaboratively on the most important issues. The Association also provides member agencies with coordination services on cross-cutting as well as species-based programs that range from birds, fish habitat and energy development to climate change, wildlife action plans, conservation education, leadership training and international relations. Working together, the Association’s member agencies are ensuring that North American fish and wildlife management has a clear and collective voice.