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Longest-serving US congressman to retire

Representative John Dingell (D-MI) sits after listening to US President Barack Obama make a statement in the East Room of the White House July 18, 2013 in WashingtonThe longest-serving member of the US Congress called it quits after 58 years in office Monday, 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. His not seeking a 30th term in November means next year will mark the first time since 1933 that there will be no Dingell in the House of Representatives. The Democrat won his father’s seat after John Dingell Senior died in office.

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