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Dingell Becomes Longest-Serving House Member

82-year-old Michigan Dem has been eased out of leadership roles
By Jim O'Neill,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 11, 2009 10:22 AM CST

(Newser) – Michigan Democrat John Dingell today becomes the longest-serving member of Congress, passing the 53-years-and-2-months mark set by Mississippi Democrat Jamie Whitten. But the milestone is bittersweet for Dingell, who for the first time in a quarter century is no longer the ranking Democrat on the Energy and Commerce Committee, reports the Washington Post.

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Dingell, 82, was stripped of the chairmanship last fall, as his loyalty to Detroit’s automakers was seen as a liability for the Obama administration, which will push for tougher environmental standards. But Dingell's tenure will be remembered for a raft of historically significant legislation he championed, including the creation of Medicare and the Endangered Species Act.
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