Rep. John Dingell Retires As Longest Serving Member

John Dingell

WASHINGTON — Rep. John Dingell, a Democrat who replaced his father in the House some 58 years ago and became one of the most powerful members of Congress ever, will step down after this year, capping a career unmatched in its longevity and singular in its influence and sweep.

Dingell, 87, told the Detroit Free Press that he’d reached the decision to retire at the end of his current term — his 29th full one — rather than run for re-electon because it was time, given a list of achievements that any other member of Congress would envy, and his continued frustration over partisan gridlock.

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