John Dingell: America's longest-serving congressman
At a glance
Born: July 8, 1926, in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Milestone: On Friday, June 7, 2013, Dingell begins his 20,997th day in Congress - the most in U.S. history.
Before Congress: U.S. Army, House page, National Park ranger, Wayne County assistant prosecutor
Congress:Democrat representing the 12th Congressional District, chairman or ranking Democrat on House Energy and Commerce Committee from 1981-2008, viewed as legislative giant in shaping landmark laws cleaning up air and water, protecting endangered animals, advocating national health care. Crusader for U.S. automakers and autoworkers.
Family: Wife Deborah, a former General Motors executive and high-profile player in the Democratic Party; four adult children from a previous marriage.
By the numbers
11 presidents with whom he has served.
11 House speakers with whom he has served.
2,419 House members with whom he has served.
20,997 days he has served in Congress.
29,317 days he and his father have served consecutively in Congress - a record for a family.
25,000+ votes he has cast.
Note: Numbers are calculated through June 6, 2013.
2009 special report
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