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Longest-Serving Member in History of Congress Announces Retirement
Updated: Monday, February 24 2014, 03:26 PM EST
Rep. John Dingell (MI-12), the longest serving member in the history of Congress, has announced he will not seek reelection. Dingell was first elected to Congress in 1955.
Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards (MD-4) issued the following statement regarding the announcement:
"John Dingell’s commitment to serving his constituents and leadership in the House of Representatives sets the example for us all," Edwards said. "He has been a role model for me as a champion of health care reform, submitting his first bill to overhaul the system beginning in 1957. It was an honor to work together on the Affordable Care Act. Learning about the legislative process from him and hearing his passion to provide quality health care to the American people has been a highlight of my Congressional career."
Dingell announced his decision on Monday. In his "State of the District" speech Dingell said;
"Public service is undervalued in our modern times, and I can understand that when I look at what our Congress has become. But it doesn't have to be that. I am hopeful that this fever breaks at some point, and Congress goes back to what it should be: the House of the People, standing up for the average man and woman. That's how I've always defined the job, and it's a damn good definition.
"I have ten months more in Congress, and I'm not going to waste a minute. There's still a lot to be done and a lot I want to do.
"Make no mistake, I love the Congress. It is the greatest legislative body in the world. It has been a privilege to serve them. I have loved the institution, the people I have served, the grand and good people of Southeast Michigan, of the 15th, 16th, 15th and then 12th districts. They are good people-the best I have known-and they care for the nation, their state, and their communities. They work hard, play by the rules, and deserve everything their hard work gives them."