• John Dingell to Become Longest Serving, Most Masochistic Congressperson

    Imagine, if you will, the rankest, most miasmic, nauseating swamp imaginable. Now, imagine spending 53 long years submerged in it.

    If you can do that, then you might be able to appreciate what Michigan's 82-year-old Rep. John Dingell has sacrificed for his country

    Now 82, Dingell will walk into the Capitol on Wednesday as the House's longest-serving member, entering the record books after leading a powerful committee, doggedly investigating government malfeasance and keeping a watchful eye on his home state's auto industry.

    Dingell, who succeeded his late father in December 1955 in a Democratic-leaning district outside Detroit, will surpass the late Rep. Jamie Whitten, D-Miss., who served for more than 53 years.

    I suppose that, all things considered, 53 years spent in Congress might have been preferable to 53 years spent in Michigan.

    I mean, I started writing about politics to escape New Jersey. I guess we all do what we have to do.


    Tags: House of Representatives, John Dingell, Michigan

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