Representative John Dingell

U.S. representative Michigan’s 12th Congressional District

To this day, some 40 years after the Act was signed into law, I still consider my work on the Endangered Species Act to be one of my proudest moments in Congress.

Protecting this Nation’s wildlife and our public lands should never be a partisan or political issue; it should be about common sense. That’s exactly why my good friend Pete McCloskey and I came together, one Democrat and one Republican, to create the Endangered Species Act and pass it as a good piece of bipartisan legislation that would do something to help this country. I’ve always said that no generation inherits this earth, we simply borrow it from future generations, and this common-sense policy helps to embrace that fact and preserve our future. To this day, some 40 years after the Act was signed into law, I still consider my work on the Endangered Species Act to be one of my proudest moments in Congress.