Why retire now ? He just needs to serve 18 more years beyond the current term and he and his father will have served 100 years in Congress (yes, it has been just over 80 years so far).
Little Johnny was a page on the house floor at the start of WWII.
He was never going to be anything but a politician.
I find it silly that Dingell has any district at all to run in after all this time. He’s gone from an era where Detriot had multiple districts within the city and could elect white Democrats* to now when Detriot no longer has *one* district wholly in its boundaries and both have mostly black populations. Do his current constituents at all resemble the constituents he represented when he was first elected in 1955?
* Actually, the election of Gary Peters shows a white Democrat could still be elected from a Detriot-based district, but lately I was doubting even the possibility that it could happen.