How John Dingell championed auto industry

John Dingell championed the auto industry in Congress for nearly six decades, nudging Detroit executives to embrace stricter emission standards while lining up support when they needed taxpayer-funded bailouts to survive.

Dingell, the industry’s go-to guy, mounted his most notable efforts in 1979 and 2008-09.

He first helped Chrysler Corp. survive by getting a government loan that was repaid early and three decades later aided General Motors and Chrysler to avoid liquidation and win more than $60 billion in government bailouts.