Big John Dingell Keeps On Truckin'
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."
Chances are, Dingell isn't.
Mary Ann Akers
February 11, 2009; 6:05 AM ET
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