Bloomberg by the Numbers: 32

Rick and Mary Nolan celebrate on Nov. 7, 2012 after winning the 8th District. Photograph by Steve Kohls/Brainerd Dispatch/AP Photo

That’s the number of years since Rep.-elect Rick Nolan, a Minnesota Democrat, ended his previous tenure in the House.

Nolan, who unseated Republican incumbent Chip Cravaack on Nov. 6, served in the House from 1975 to 1981, when he retired.

Now 68 years old, Nolan was a member of the so-called “Watergate Babies,” the nickname for the huge House Democratic class elected on the heels of President Richard Nixon’s resignation in August 1974.

Nolan’s 32-year gap is the longest between two separate House tenures in history. Galusha Grow of Pennsylvania served from 1851 to 1863, including a two-year stint as speaker, and returned to the House in 1894 after a 31-year absence. He ended his second House tenure in 1903.

 

 


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