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Big John Dingell Keeps On Truckin'



Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.) poses for a photo in his office on Capitol Hill, Feb. 4, 2009. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

It's Dingell Day on Capitol Hill, the day Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.), an antique lawmaker of 1955 vintage, becomes the longest serving member - ever - of the House of Representatives.

Today marks the 19,420th day on the job for "Big John." And though he no longer wields his all-mighty gavel, the congressman still possesses all the power that comes with being 82 years old, 6 feet 3 inches tall, an avid hunter and full of determination.

There was a fancy reception in his honor in Statuary Hall last evening hosted by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and attended by former president Bill Clinton. And more roasting will continue today as the House considers a resolution honoring Dingell's milestone. But to the congressman, this is just another day, like any other before it.

"Congressman Dingell is continuing his day job - representing the people he is elected to serve," says Dingell spokesman Adam Benson. "He has some press interviews, and then a number of meetings with constituents, he'll do some calls with local elected officials on the stimulus package, and he will participate in the Oversight hearing on food safety and the salmonella outbreak. The Congressman has an FDA reform bill that would solve a lot of the problems our country is facing with its dangerous food and drug supply. No doubt that he'll also spend some time working with his staff on the issue of health care reform, an issue that is on the forefront of his mind every day."

Tired yet?

Chances are, Dingell isn't.

By Mary Ann Akers  |  February 11, 2009; 6:05 AM ET
 
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And, Michigan Governor Granholm has declared today John Dingell Day in the Pleasent Peninsula!!!

Posted by: qasas00 | February 11, 2009 9:49 AM | Report abuse

One major reason General Motors went broke is because of Big John Dingell Berry. His wife was a lobbyist for GM and he did whatever GM wanted as chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. It was impossible to raise mileage standards because of Big John Dingell. It was just fine that the big gas hog SUVs only got 12 mpg.

Dodd was a friend of Angelo and Dingell was a friend of Rick or whoever preceded him at GM. That's why Pelosi had to finally strip him of his committee chairmanship. He was a huge embarrassment.

Posted by: alance | February 11, 2009 10:02 AM | Report abuse

What alance says is true, however the point would be better made without making fun of Mr. Dingell's name. I agree that the Congress has enabled the domestic auto industry to run itself in the ground, but it's not Mr. Dingell's fault. He operates within the system as it exists. His job is to represent his constituents and the auto industry is one of his. Each congressperson is duty bound to take a parochial view of issues. It is the other members' obligation to say "no" when something hurts their constituents. They don't. Instead what they do is horse trade. Mr. Dingell gives them something that they want for their support of what he wants.
Only the President represents all of the people. It's up to the President to decide between competing interests. If something is bad for the majority of America, but good for the auto industry, the President is duty bound to say "no." Unfortunately, our Presidents have shown little leadership on this issue.

Posted by: gboesky | February 11, 2009 11:02 AM | Report abuse

John Dingell is a great American and a good man. He has worked tirelessly throughout all these years representing the people of his district -- and all the other ordinary people who have benefited from the work he championed as Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee. Long live John Dingell -- Mr. Chairman for life!

Posted by: divalicias1 | February 11, 2009 6:40 PM | Report abuse

John Dingell is a great American and a good man. He has worked tirelessly throughout all these years representing the people of his district -- and all the other ordinary people who have benefited from the work he championed as Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee. Long live John Dingell -- Mr. Chairman for life!

Posted by: divalicias1 | February 11, 2009 6:40 PM

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Luckily for us all, life is finite.

Posted by: Attucks | February 12, 2009 10:19 AM | Report abuse

dingle balls

Posted by: albee703 | February 15, 2009 2:24 PM | Report abuse

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