The Washington Post noted today that Rep. John Dingell of Michigan is poised to become the longest-serving Member of Congress tomorrow, taking the record from West Virginia’s Robert Byrd, who died in office in 2010. While Byrd served in the House before his long Senate career began, Dingell won his father‘s House seat in a 1955 special election and never looked back. He had served as a page from 1938 to 1943, served in the army during WWII, and became a lawyer before returning to the House as a full-fledged Member.
The House Office of the Historian recently blogged about some of the longest-serving representatives.
Congratulations to Rep. Dingell!