Congressman John Dingell Retires After Nearly 60 Years In Office

Monday, Feb. 24, 2014

By Pat Batcheller

Congressman John Dingell Reitres After Nearly 60 Years In Office by WDET

Congressman John Dingell, 87, says he won’t run for re-election this fall. The longest serving member of the House told business and political leaders downriver that he’s coming home after almost six decades in office. Dingell says he could run again…but isn’t sure how effective he’d be for his constituents.

“I don’t have a crystal ball that tells me that I would have two years after that of good service or that the Lord would give me the health to do the job that I need to serve these people well,” Dingell says.

Dingell was first elected to the U-S House after his father died in office in 1955. No one has ever served in Congress longer.

The Associated Press reported:

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.

There is speculation that Dingell's wife, Debbie Dingell, may run to replace him.