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