John Dingell to Retire After Nearly 60 Years in Congress

Ashley Parker, reporting for The New York Times:

Representative John D. Dingell, Democrat of Michigan and the longest-serving member of Congress in history, announced on Monday that he would not seek re-election at the end of his current term.

Mr. Dingell’s retirement, first announced by Detroit newspapers and confirmed by Democratic leadership aides, will come at the end of this year — the end of his 29th full term — and represents the end of a historic tenure in the House that began in 1955. That year, Mr. Dingell, at the age of 29, succeeded his father after he died.

Think about that career: he started in Congress during the first term of the Eisenhower administration. This short video interview is good too, albeit rather depressing regarding his views on the ever-growing influence of money in politics.

Update: Philip Klein on the span of Dingell’s career:

Dingell was elected in the year Marty McFly visited his parents and final term ends in the year McFly travels to the future to save his kids.

Monday, 24 February 2014