Longest-serving US lawmaker retires


WASHINGTON, D.C.: The longest-serving member of the United States Congress called it quits after 58 years in office on Monday (Tuesday in Manila), drawing the curtain on a career that began before President Barack Obama was born. John Dingell, 87, told attendees at a chamber of commerce lunch in Michigan that the “time has come” for him to step down. Dingell became the longest-serving US lawmaker last June when he began his 20,997th day in office, breaking a record set by the late Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia.


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