Rep. John Dingell (C'49, L'52) Honored with Georgetown Law Drinan Award for Public Service

October 15, 2013 —

Rep. John Dingell (C'49, L'52) Rep. John Dingell (C'49, L'52)

Georgetown University Law Center will present the Robert F. Drinan, S.J. Law Alumni Public Service Award to Rep. John Dingell (D-Michigan) during the Law Center’s Reunion Weekend Alumni Gala on October 19. 

Dingell, the current Dean of the House of Representatives, represents Michigan’s 12th District and has served in Congress longer than any other member in history. He graduated from Georgetown University in 1949, and from Georgetown Law in 1952. 

Since his election in 1955, he has played a key role in many of the nation’s most significant legislative battles. He was a staunch supporter of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, an extremely unpopular position at the time that nearly cost him re-election. He continues to fight to safeguard American jobs, strengthen consumer product safety, and increase access to health care. He was at the forefront of recent historic efforts to save the American auto industry and pass health care reform.

Dingell has also dedicated his career to environmental conservation. He wrote the Endangered Species Act, the 1990 Clean Air Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act, and legislation to build North America's first international wildlife refuge.

Created in 2001, the Drinan Award is named for Georgetown Law professor Fr. Robert Drinan, and honors Georgetown Law alumni whose careers, like Drinan’s, enhance human dignity and advance justice.   

Drinan served as the representative from Massachusetts’ third and fourth districts from 1971 through 1980, and taught at Georgetown Law from 1981 to 2007, where his academic work and classes focused on legal ethics and international human rights.