Congress Honors Rep. John Dingell Jr.’s House Service

Rep. John Dingell Jr. has served more than 21,000 days in Congress.

Rep. John Dingell Jr. has served more than 21,000 days in Congress.

Speaker Boehner at the podium.

“If John has taught us anything, it’s that a legacy is not something you can just conjure up or acquire,” Speaker Boehner said. “A legacy is something you make.”

Vice President Joe Biden was on hand to honor Rep. Dingell’s more than 57 years of Congressional service.

Vice President Joe Biden was on hand to honor Rep. Dingell’s more than 57 years of Congressional service.

Dingell was presented with a copy of his portrait, which hangs in the Energy and Commerce Committee room that now bears his name.

Dingell was presented with a copy of his portrait, which hangs in the Energy and Commerce Committee room that now bears his name.

Rep. John Dingell Jr. became the longest-serving Member of Congress on June 7, 2013.

House Speaker John Boehner, along with Vice President Joe Biden and Members of the House and Senate, paid tribute to Rep. John Dingell Jr. in a ceremony at Statuary Hall on June 13. Mr. Dingell became the longest-serving Member of Congress on June 7, 2013.

“His milestone comes with all kinds of markers: 25,000 votes, 21,000 days, 30 elections, 11 presidents,” Speaker Boehner said. “But you really can’t put a number on what it means to enjoy the respect and admiration of your peers, which—more than anything—is why we are here today for John.”

The previous record holder for longest Congressional service was Senator Robert C. Byrd, who served in the House from 1953 to 1959 and in the Senate from 1959 until his death in 2010.