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John Dingell About To Become Longest-Serving Member of Congress
politix.topix.com ^ | June 1, 2013 | David Mark

Posted on 06/02/2013 7:35:45 AM PDT by equaviator

Is 57 years too long?

Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.) entered the House in December 1955.

Out of the current 434 House members, 211 - nearly half - weren't born when Rep. John Dingell took office in December 1955. The Michigan Democrat is about to become the longest-serving member of Congress in U.S. history.

Roll Call reports that congressional leaders plan to honor Dingell, 86, for the longevity record. The celebration is set to take place June 13 in the Capitol's Statuary Hall. On June 7, Dingell will have served for 57 years, five months and 26 days, surpassing the service record of the late Sen. Robert C. Byrd (D-W.Va.).

Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), announced the plans to celebrate Dingell and noted more details would be made available closer to the event's date.

Dingell came to Congress during President Dwight Eisenhower's first term after winning a special election to succeed his father, John Dingell, Sr., who had served since 1933. The younger Rep. John Dingell still uses his father's office furniture and every session continues to introduce legislation to provide national health insurance.

Then-House Speaker Pelosi borrowed Dingell's gavel when the House passed the Democrats' health care bill in March 2010 - Obamacare - the same gavel Dingell used when he presided over the passage of Medicare in 1965.

For 16 years Dingell was chairman of the powerful Energy and Commerce Committee, from 1981 to 1995 and from 2007 to 2009. He grew his jurisdiction to the point that his committee handled up to 40 percent of all House bills.

Over his more than half-century on Capitol Hill Dingell's voting record has generally been that of a liberal Democrat. Throughout his career he has been a leading congressional supporter of organized labor, social welfare measures and traditional progressive policies. But Dingell's not easy to pigeon-hole ideologically. On some issues he reflects the conservative values of his largely Catholic and working-class suburban district, which stretches from Detroit's western suburbs to Ann Arbor. Dingell supported the Vietnam War until 1971.

And though he backed the Johnson Administration's civil rights bills, he opposed expanding school desegregation to Detroit suburbs via mandatory busing. He takes a fairly moderate position on abortion. He has worked to balance clean air legislation with the need to protect manufacturing jobs.


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Michigan
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1 posted on 06/02/2013 7:35:45 AM PDT by equaviator
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To: equaviator

I don’t think our forefathers ever meant for people to go to Congress for the rest of their lives. I am a firm believer in Term Limits.


2 posted on 06/02/2013 7:38:01 AM PDT by basil (basil --Second Amendment Sisters.org)
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To: equaviator

Let’s remember that Dingell was a member of the Board of Directors of the NRA.

He resigned that position to vote FOR Clinton’s AW ban.

NEVER forget that!


3 posted on 06/02/2013 7:38:35 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: equaviator
The Michigan Democrat is about to become the longest-serving member of Congress in U.S. history.

The Michigan Democrat is about to become the longest-self-serving member of Congress in U.S. history.

There. Fixed it.

4 posted on 06/02/2013 7:39:09 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: equaviator
Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), announced the plans to celebrate Dingell and noted more details would be made available closer to the event's date.

This is EXACTLY what is wrong with our GOPe! Instead of lauding an enemy, a real life honest to God enemy of morality, freedom and liberty for having had the evil duplicity to remain in his position of unworthy power, they should be eschewing anything to do with him. Where were all the Democrats for Strom Thurmond. They, the GOPe, don't realize we are at war, real war although no arms have been broken out(yet). To play honorifics with them is exactly the same thing Peace in Our Time Chamberlain did - we all know how that turned out - at least those of us that are from the way-way-before times of public indoctrination we used to call school.

5 posted on 06/02/2013 7:40:45 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: equaviator

If there was ever a better person to play the lead in a remake of Weekend at Bernies I don’t know who it would be.


6 posted on 06/02/2013 7:41:42 AM PDT by kempster
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To: basil
We've had term limits here in California for almost 20 years now.

We are almost a totally DemocRAT run state.

The only positive aspect of term limits is it minimizes the number of leeches who receive obscene "retirement" packages when they do finally step down.

7 posted on 06/02/2013 7:41:45 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Texas Eagle

ZING!


8 posted on 06/02/2013 7:42:09 AM PDT by equaviator (There's nothing like the universe to bring you down to earth.)
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To: Gaffer
They, the GOPe, don't realize we are at war...

Yes; they do. They don't care, as they won't be affected in the slightest...

9 posted on 06/02/2013 7:42:30 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: who knows what evil?

Well, I guess at the bottom of my black heart, I believe you’re right - they do not care. I guess I was just wishing the people that voted for them, keeps voting for them, would actually care.


10 posted on 06/02/2013 7:44:24 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: equaviator

He’s long overdue for his dirt nap.


11 posted on 06/02/2013 7:45:47 AM PDT by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: equaviator

His wife is a big time Dem. Lobbyist and she really calls his shots. Look for her to run for his seat when he decides to go to the big Donkey tent in the Sky.


12 posted on 06/02/2013 7:46:31 AM PDT by Old Retired Army Guy
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To: equaviator
Boner and McConnell are idiots.

John Dingell would sooner gouge their eyes out than care what they think of him.

13 posted on 06/02/2013 7:46:46 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: equaviator

Throughout his career he has been a leading congressional supporter of organized labor, social welfare measures and traditional progressive policies.
Detroit Dingell fails.


14 posted on 06/02/2013 7:47:35 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: Gaffer
I guess I was just wishing the people that voted for them, keeps voting for them, would actually care.

Sadly; I see no sign of that.

15 posted on 06/02/2013 7:48:38 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Old Retired Army Guy
Look for her to run for his seat when he decides to go to the big Donkey tent in the Sky.

I don't think the big Donkey tent is 'in the sky'... :-)

16 posted on 06/02/2013 7:50:01 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Texas Eagle

...”when they do finally step down.”

Down? They step DOWN? Down from what? I say they should step aside.


17 posted on 06/02/2013 7:50:17 AM PDT by equaviator (There's nothing like the universe to bring you down to earth.)
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To: Texas Eagle

Right on! This old bag of manure is barely lucid. He was barely well enough to be wheeled in at midnight on Thanksgiving eve in ‘09 to vote on destroying our health when the Great Pelosi forced the Bill we have to pass to find out what’s in it. What a disgrace.


18 posted on 06/02/2013 7:52:01 AM PDT by untwist
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To: equaviator

What about Dingell-Norwood?


19 posted on 06/02/2013 7:53:15 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: equaviator

Fair point. They just step into another office.


20 posted on 06/02/2013 7:54:21 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Old Retired Army Guy

She worked at GM for a long time doing “lobbying”.


21 posted on 06/02/2013 7:55:24 AM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: equaviator
On June 7, Dingell surpass the service record of the late Sen. Robert C. Byrd (D-W.Va.)

Are they going to lower the white hood on Byrd's headstone to half-staff in honor of this occasion?

22 posted on 06/02/2013 7:56:05 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: equaviator
This nation has, since its founding, had 44 Presidents. Dingellberry has been in Washington during 11 of their terms, or for a full 25% of this nation's presidential administrations.

That is too damn long.

23 posted on 06/02/2013 7:56:39 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: equaviator

While Dingell is not the worst Democrat there is, you would be hard pressed to compare his Detroit district in 1955 to today as justification for his longevity.


24 posted on 06/02/2013 8:01:45 AM PDT by rbg81
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To: equaviator

If John Dingell married former Wash DC mayor Marion Barry, he’d be John Dingell - ........


25 posted on 06/02/2013 8:05:00 AM PDT by llevrok (How hot does the water need to get before the frog should jump out?)
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To: basil

“I don’t think our forefathers ever meant for people to go to Congress for the rest of their lives. I am a firm believer in Term Limits.”

Our forefathers never intended for election to Congress to be a full time job. They expected Congressmen would be prominent members of the community who would have a stake in the vitality of their home areas and know the people they served. Today’s Congressmen are servants of the institutions and wealthy individuals who fund their campaigns. They reside full time inside the beltway where they do not have to rub shoulders with the average citizens of their districts. Most do not own property or businesses in their districts so they have no economic stake in the vitality of their communities. Our legislators have more in common with each other than they have with the people they purport to represent. They behave accordingly.


26 posted on 06/02/2013 8:06:37 AM PDT by Soul of the South (Yesterday is gone. Today will be what we make of it.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

I’m wondering when it was that he went from being a ‘working’ politician to being just a figurehead.


27 posted on 06/02/2013 8:13:22 AM PDT by equaviator (There's nothing like the universe to bring you down to earth.)
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To: basil

Bump and bump!


28 posted on 06/02/2013 8:19:19 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: equaviator

Is that something like becoming the oldest in a brothel?


29 posted on 06/02/2013 8:23:18 AM PDT by jimfree (In November 2016 my 12 y/o granddaughter will have more quality exec experience than Barack Obama)
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To: equaviator; mickie; flaglady47
The last two paragraphs of the article are a hoot....they only display the lazy political ignorance of the writer who actually is so ignorant he think's WE'RE ignorant.

Example: "He (Dingell) takes a fairly moderate position on abortion."

Is that like being a fairly moderate bit pregnant?

Dingell is a "moderate" Democrat like John McCain is a "conservative" Republican, Mr. Writer.

Journalism today is a travesty....and has willingly acquired a very bad name. For instance, one doesn't even know which evil to root for in today's hot news, the mediawhore collective vs. the IRS.

It's like trying to align oneself with one evil over another in the war between Assad and the Syrian muslim brotherhood rebels.

The MSM, either through marxist ideological propaganda or sheer stupidity and ineptitude, is no longer the Fourth Estate but the Fifth Column within our Republic.

Leni

30 posted on 06/02/2013 8:28:58 AM PDT by MinuteGal (Say Hey Trey!..........)
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To: MinuteGal

I agree with all of that.


31 posted on 06/02/2013 8:41:28 AM PDT by equaviator (There's nothing like the universe to bring you down to earth.)
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To: equaviator

Two terms in the house, two in the senate, two as governor, two at each level of state government are enough for anyone. It gets them out before they can establish the network they need to rob us.

TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!


32 posted on 06/02/2013 8:43:59 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: equaviator

Something tells me thats not a good thing.


33 posted on 06/02/2013 8:49:50 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: MinuteGal

“The MSM, either through marxist ideological propaganda or sheer stupidity and ineptitude, is no longer the Fourth Estate but the Fifth Column within our Republic.”

Nice turn of phrase and well put. A Fifth Column indeed.


34 posted on 06/02/2013 8:55:58 AM PDT by flaglady47 (When the gov't fears the people, liberty; When the people fear the gov't, tyranny.)
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To: equaviator
There is no way an 86 yo man in office is serving anyone other than by being the figurehead who conveys power to those who control him.

I have no doubts that his nap times are very productive. In fact, I bet he doesn't need to actually do anything at all to get quite a lot done and he has no idea what he did and signed.

Dingle is a well oiled tool that's being used effectively to take the Republic apart. And you and I pay his salary and benefits.

35 posted on 06/02/2013 9:08:57 AM PDT by GBA (Here in the Matrix, life is but a dream.)
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To: equaviator

Dingle and Bloomberg are the embodyment for the argument embracing term limits.


36 posted on 06/02/2013 9:11:14 AM PDT by mosesdapoet (Serious contribution pause.Please continue onto meaningless venting no one reads.)
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To: equaviator

He is possibly the dumbest as well.


37 posted on 06/02/2013 10:18:20 AM PDT by elhombrelibre
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To: beethovenfan

;)


38 posted on 06/02/2013 10:55:08 AM PDT by MotorCityBuck ( Keep the change, you filthy animal! ,)
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To: equaviator

“Dingell came to Congress during President Dwight Eisenhower’s first term after winning a special election to succeed his father [!!!!!], John Dingell, Sr., who had served since 1933.”

Apparently, none but the Dingell family are capable of representing this District -— or so say the “voters” of the District over and over again since 1933.


39 posted on 06/02/2013 10:58:22 AM PDT by LTC.Ret (You'd think I would know better than to volunteer!!! www.sendmetocongress.us)
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To: Texas Eagle

California was already headed to Dem majority when term limits were enacted.

Now that they have to get out, the Republicans at least have a chance to run someone.

Republicans have no chance at all against Dem incumbents.

I would be willing to give up term limits if the public employee unions who are really running the state and deciding every election were banned by law. As they should be.


40 posted on 06/02/2013 2:22:42 PM PDT by Blue Ink
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To: Springman; cyclotic; netmilsmom; RatsDawg; PGalt; FreedomHammer; queenkathy; madison10; ...
And some are treating Michele Bachmann's future retirement as if it were scandalous.

Don't be a Dingell-berry.

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Michigan legislative action thread
41 posted on 06/02/2013 4:08:01 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: GBA

Trust me I breathed a sigh of relief when redistricting didn’t land me in his district.


42 posted on 06/02/2013 4:20:30 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: equaviator

All should be limited to three terms. Two in office and a third in Leavenworth.

The: Johnson Admin civil rights Bill??? Thought it was a “Republican Congress” passed it and cornered J?


43 posted on 06/02/2013 4:58:29 PM PDT by Tuketu (The Dim Platform is splinters bound by crazy glue. We need a solvent)
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To: Tuketu

Two terms isn’t enough with the way congress works. These days, the first term is as a freshman with virtually no power, and the second term leaves only two years to have an effect and that’s pretty hard to do. Its even worse if you’re a freshman in the minority party.

4 terms would be good.


44 posted on 06/02/2013 6:58:26 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: LTC.Ret; All

Eighty years between the two of them. Amazing!


45 posted on 06/02/2013 9:11:40 PM PDT by pluvmantelo (Though the rules of the road have been lodged It's only people's games that you got to dodge-Dylan)
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To: cripplecreek
4 TERMS! Too much for the Senate. The Seniority stuff goes out the window the smaller the length of service permitted by law. All is OK if one or two terms are in Leavenworth.
46 posted on 06/11/2013 8:01:20 AM PDT by Tuketu (The Dim Platform is splinters bound by crazy glue. We need a solvent)
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To: Tuketu

2 terms senate and 4 terms house. 12 years total for both.


47 posted on 06/11/2013 8:18:26 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: equaviator
On June 7, Dingell will have served for 57 years, five months and 26 days,...

That is not a record to be proud of. It is one to be ashamed of.

The Founding Fathers would be horrified a man would be squatting in public office for well over half a century, abusing a system meant to be populated by temporary citizen legislators and servants, not Lords.

48 posted on 06/11/2013 8:43:23 AM PDT by Gritty (Our Government is erecting a panopticon state that sees everything, regulates everything-Mark Steyn)
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