June 7, 2013
Congressman John David Dingell Jr. (D-Mich.) became the longest serving member of Congress ever Friday (June 7).
Dingell, 86, surpassed the previously held record by the late Sen. Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia. Dingell has been on the job since Dec. 13, 1955, after being elected to replace his father.
Texas Tech University Chancellor Kent Hance, who served as a congressman from 1973 to 1985, commented on Dingell’s accomplishment.
“John Dingell is a friend of mine, I have the utmost respect for him and the work he’s accomplished as a congressman. A lot of people say John is gruff but I say he’s direct. You never leave a meeting with Congressman Dingell and wonder where he stands on an issue.”
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