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