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Dingell, longest-serving member of Congress, will retire

Representative John D. Dingell and his wife, Deborah, attended a legislative forum in Southgate, Mich, on Monday. He had recently bemoaned the current culture of Congress.
Representative John D. Dingell and his wife, Deborah, attended a legislative forum in Southgate, Mich, on Monday. He had recently bemoaned the current culture of Congress.Max Ortiz/Detroit News via Associated Press

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WASHINGTON — Representative John D. Dingell, Democrat of Michigan, the longest-serving member of Congress in history, announced Monday that he would not seek reelection at the end of his current term.

Dingell’s retirement, first announced by Detroit newspapers and confirmed by Democratic leadership aides, will come at the end of this year — the end of his 29th full term — and represents the end of a historic tenure in the House that began in 1955. That year, Dingell, at the age of 29, succeeded his father after he died.

Dingell, 87, of Dearborn, who amassed considerable power as the chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, in June became the longest-serving member of Congress with 20,997 days as a representative.

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