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Nov. 15 , 2005
CONTACT: Ward Mullens
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EMU regents approve honorary degree for Dingell

YPSILANTI - Eastern Michigan University’s Board of Regents approved an honorary degree for Congressman John D. Dingell Jr. at its regular meeting today.

The degree, a doctorate of public service, will be presented at commencement Dec. 18.

Dingell, a democrat, is the Dean of the United States House of Representatives and has represented Detroit since 1955.  Over the past five decades he has written some of the best-known laws protecting the environment and on health issues, as well as on the rights of workers and consumers. He authored the 1990 Clean Air Act and fought for the passage of the Endangered Species Act. He also took a leading role in creating the “Do Not Call” list in 2003.

Congressman Dingell will celebrate his 50th anniversary in the US House Dec. 13.  Only two other House Members have served as long, Rep. Carl Vinson of Georgia and Jamie Whitten of Mississippi.

Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their careers and lives, and to be better citizens.

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Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.

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