Wednesday, 11 February 2009
A New Record of Service
Today John Dingell will become the longest serving Representative in history. He will surpass former Rep. Jamie Whitten (D-Miss.), who served from Nov. 4, 1941 until Jan. 3, 1995 — a total of 19,419 days. His service amounts to about 24 percent of the entire history of the House of Representatives. (Carl Hayden and Robert Byrd have longer service in both Houses combined)
Congressman Dingell represents the 15th District of Michigan. His website is http://www.house.gov/dingell/index.shtml.
After service in the US Army he began a lawyer. He won a special election to succeed his father as Michigan's 15th District Congressman. He has been re-elected 26 times! Congresspedia has a detailed biography at http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=John_Dingell