Dingell, Longest-Serving Congressman, To Retire
SOUTHGATE, Mich. (AP) — Debbie Dingell isn't saying today whether she will run for the Michigan congressional seat now held by her husband, Democrat John Dingell -- who announced today that he is retiring after nearly 60 years in the House of Representatives. He's the longest-serving member of Congress in history.
Dingell, who is 87, says his 60-year-old wife will have his vote if she decides to run.
Dingell has served in the U.S. House since winning his late father's seat in 1955. He became the longest-serving member of Congress ever in June when he broke the record held by the late Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia.
Dingell has played a role in many major pieces of legislation, including President Barack Obama's health care overhaul and Medicare. As a congressional page, he watched President Franklin Roosevelt ask Congress to declare war on Japan.
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