Congressman Dingell to Retire After 29th Term, Longest Career for a Member of Congress
Washington, DC | www.adc.org | February 24, 2014 - The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) thanks Congressman John Dingell for his long commitment to public service and human rights. Since taken office in 1955, Congressman Dingell has worked tirelessly in protecting the rights of all Americans.
Congressman Dingell took office in 1955, and for decades has represented Dearborn, Michigan, the city with the highest concentration of Arab Americans. Congressman Dingell has always been a friend to the Arab American community in Dearborn, and across the country. At 87 years old, the legendary Dearborn Democrat told the Detroit Free Press that he would retire at the end of his term after representing Michigan’s 12th District for almost 60 years.
“My standards are high for this job,” Dingell said today. “I put myself to the test and have always known that when the time came that I felt I could not live up to my own personal standard for a member of Congress, it would be time to step aside…That time has come.”
In 1955, Detroit native John Dingell became a member of Congress at 29 years old when he was elected in a special election to carry out his late father’s term. Last June, Dingell passed Senator Roberty Byrd as the longest-serving member of Congress of all time.