We as outdoor enthusiasts, wildlife lovers, volunteers, and hunters need to take a moment to remember Congressman John Dingell and all he did for us. Strive to encourage your representatives to take the initiative to support our passions to ensure they exist for future generations.
Safari Club International Statement on the Passing of Congressman John Dingell
John Dingell, Jr. of Michigan served in the U.S. House of Representatives from his first election in 1955 until 2015—an incredible six decades—making him the longest serving Member of Congress in U.S. history.
Throughout his life and Congressional service, Dingell was an avid sportsman and friend to America’s hunters.
SCI President Paul Babaz observed, “I learned of his passing last night and was reminded of the many accomplishments of this great man and the debt we, as hunters, owe him. The sportsmen and women of America lost a titan in our community.”
Dingell served as a member and chairman of the powerful Energy & Commerce where he a championed hunting and defended the Second Amendment, serving on the NRA board of directors for several years.
Known as “The Chairman” by friends and foes alike, Dingell served in the House for 59 years and 22 days, casting 28,551 votes, according to the House historian.
Dingell was at the forefront of supporting legislation that impacted wildlife conservation. The Dingell-Johnson Act, which provides financial assistance for state fish restoration and management is just one example of Dingell’s dedication to wildlife management.
In recognition of his tireless work on behalf of hunters, SCI awarded Chairman Dingell with both its prestigious Legislator of The Year Award and Heritage award.
“I want to extend the condolences of SCI’s members and my personal condolences to Chairman Dingell’s widow, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, and to his family and friends,” said Paul Babaz. “We have truly lost a great leader in the hunting world.”
Safari Club International – First For Hunters is the leader in protecting the freedom to hunt and in promoting wildlife conservation worldwide. SCI’s approximately 200 Chapters represent all 50 of the United States as well as 106 other countries. SCI’s proactive leadership in a host of cooperative wildlife conservation, outdoor education and humanitarian programs, with the SCI Foundation and other conservation groups, research institutions and government agencies, empowers sportsmen to be contributing community members and participants in sound wildlife management and conservation. Visit the home page www.SafariClub.org, or call (520) 620-1220 for more information.
FOUR CORNERS CHAPTER SCI MISSION STATEMENT
To promote good fellowship among all who love the outdoors and hunting.
To promote conservation of the world’s renewable wildlife resources, recognizing hunting as one of the many management tools.
To educate youth, sportsmen, and the public in conservation of our wildlife and our forest, which is our natural heritage.
To share our knowledge and hunting experiences among all our membership.
To operate the association as a non-profit organization, consistent with its charitable purposes, while providing enjoyment for our members. Always with the goal of helping to conserve the animals that we love to hunt today, for those who will come to love the sport tomorrow.