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U.S. Rep. John Dingell

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U.S. Rep. John Dingell

Dingell Targets High Court, Rookie Lawmakers for Gridlock Blame

Six months before his historic 58-plus-year run in Congress ends, Representative John Dingell is reflecting on what’s wrong with the nation’s gridlocked Capital, taking special aim at the U.S. Supreme Court and wet-behind-the-ears freshman lawmakers who want to hold sway “before they even know where the...

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U.S. Rep. Ralph Hall (R-TX) waits for the subway after a vote at the Capitol on Jan. 15, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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U.S. Rep. Ralph Hall (R-TX) waits for the subway after a vote at the Capitol on Jan. 15, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Ralph Hall’s Loss End Of World War II Vets in Congress

The defeat of Republican Rep. Ralph Hall in a Texas runoff election yesterday surely will close a long and legendary chapter of World War II veterans serving in Congress. Hall, 91, who served in the Navy from 1942 to 1945...

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U.S. Rep. John Dingell (D-MI) (3rd L), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (L), and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) (2nd L) after the unveiling of a portrait of Dingell during a celebration recognizing him as the longest-serving member in the history of the United States Congress on June 13, 2013 at the Statuary Hall of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC.

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U.S. Rep. John Dingell (D-MI) (3rd L), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (L), and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) (2nd L) after the unveiling of a portrait of Dingell during a celebration recognizing him as the longest-serving member in the history of the United States Congress on June 13, 2013 at the Statuary Hall of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 2

There are two military veterans of World War II in Congress. One is Michigan Democrat John Dingell, the longest-serving member of Congress in its history. Dingell, 87, served in the Army from 1944 to 1946 and was first elected to...

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Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., and his wife Debbie Dingell attend the statue unveiling ceremony for President Gerald Ford in the rotunda of the Capitol.

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Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., and his wife Debbie Dingell attend the statue unveiling ceremony for President Gerald Ford in the rotunda of the Capitol.

Courting Congress: The Clinton Papers

Heir-apparent Debbie Dingell was wielding power in her husband John Dingell’s congressional office in 1993 as the Clinton White House tried to convince the then-chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee to support Hillary Rodham Clinton’s healthcare overhaul plan....

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U.S. Representative John Dingell, a Democrat from Michigan.

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U.S. Representative John Dingell, a Democrat from Michigan.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 21,572

Democratic Rep. John Dingell of Michigan will have served more than 59 years in the House — 21,572 days to be precise — at the end of his current and last term. Dingell, the longest-serving member of Congress in its...

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Rep. John Dingell, D-Dearborn, receives a kiss from his wife Debbie just before the start of a celebration marking fifty years of service in the House of Representatives in Dearborn, Mich., in this Oct. 16, 2005 file photo.

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Rep. John Dingell, D-Dearborn, receives a kiss from his wife Debbie just before the start of a celebration marking fifty years of service in the House of Representatives in Dearborn, Mich., in this Oct. 16, 2005 file photo.

Bipartisan Women’s Advice: ‘Forgive Quickly, Kiss Slowly’

For 20 years, Debbie Dingell has organized a holiday luncheon for some of Washington’s most connected women. This year’s affair at the Ritz Carlton saw a bipartisan crowd singing carols, exchanging gifts and toasting to friendship. “We need it now...

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U.S. Rep. Ralph Hall (R-TX) looks at a monitor as he waits for the subway after a vote at the Capitol on Jan. 15, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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U.S. Rep. Ralph Hall (R-TX) looks at a monitor as he waits for the subway after a vote at the Capitol on Jan. 15, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Ralph Hall, 90, Files for Re-Election: ‘Nothing Hurts,’ Texan Explains

The oldest person ever to serve in the House of Representatives has followed through on his promise to seek another two-year term. Texas Republican Rep. Ralph Hall, 90, has filed to run for re-election, according to a candidate list maintained...

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President Barack Obama laid a wreath at Arlington Memorial National Cemetery today. Photo by Pete Souza / White House

President Barack Obama laid a wreath at Arlington Memorial National Cemetery today. Photo by Pete Souza / White House

Veterans: In Congress and At Home

Updated at 5:28 pm EST Happy Veterans Day from Political Capital, with some statistics about veterans in Congress and the U.S. About 20 percent of members of the current 113th Congress are military veterans, down from more than 70 percent in...

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif speaks during a press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, on May 16, 2013.

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif speaks during a press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, on May 16, 2013.

Pelosi’s Salon Celebrates Its Makeover

What do Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Major League Baseball player Ryan Zimmerman of the Washington Nationals have in common? They’re both regulars at George at the Four Seasons, which celebrated its $100,000 salon renovation with an al fresco party last night. A model with her...

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Rep. John Dingell on Capitol Hill in this 2005 file photo.

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Rep. John Dingell on Capitol Hill in this 2005 file photo.

John Dingell by the Numbers

Rep. John Dingell today becomes the longest-serving member of Congress in history, a milestone noted by political luminaries including President Barack Obama, who was born about six years after the Michigan Democrat began serving in December 1955. Here’s a look...

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