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October 31, 2014

Dingell to Be Honored for Becoming Longest-Serving Member

Congressional leaders announced Thursday that they plan to honor Rep. John D. Dingell, D-Mich., next month in a ceremony commemorating his place as the longest-serving member in the history of Congress.

The celebration is set to take place June 13 in the Capitol’s Statuary Hall. On June 7, Dingell will have served for 57 years, five months and 26 days, surpassing the service record of the late Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va.

Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., announced the plans to celebrate Dingell and noted more details would be made available closer to the event’s date.

Dingell set the record for the longest-serving House member back in 2009.

  • ulyssesmsu

    This is an honor? The people in Michigan send a 90-year-old man who can barely walk back to Congress over and over again? This is the best example yet of why we need term limits.

    • t_bone_30

      If they didn’t want him there they wouldn’t continue to elect him.

      Term limits are idiotic and undemocratic in a sense.

      Or don’t you believe that people should be able to elect whoever they want to represent them?

  • James1754

    I fail to see what is to celebrate about. He should instead be the poster boy for term limits.

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