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There will be a new Dean of the United States House of Representatives come January 2015

Rep. John D. Dingell (D-Mich.) will retire at the end of his current term, capping a historic career as the longest-serving member of Congress in history.

In prepared remarks for his annual “State of the District” speech distributed by his office Monday afternoon, Dingell described his decision as personal and rooted in the standards he had set for himself as a lawmaker.

“Around this time every two years, my wife Deborah and I confer on the question of whether I will seek reelection. My standards are high for this job. I put myself to the test and have always known that when the time came that I felt I could not live up to my own personal standard for a Member of Congress, it would be time to step aside for someone else to represent this district. That time has come,” Dingell was set to say, according to the prepared remarks.

Dingell first announced his decision to Michigan newspapers. “I’m not going to be carried out feet first,” Dingell told the Detroit News. “I don’t want people to say I stayed too long.”(Washington Post)

Now, how long has Rep. Dingell been a member of “the People’s House”? Long enough for some major historical events to occur:

…and that’s just scratching the surface; we’d be here forever if we listed every event that took place while John Dingell has served in the House….nevertheless, the House will be a lesser place come Jan. 2015. Best wishes to Congressman Dingell as he prepares to embark on the next course of his life; he has, to borrow the phrase, most assuredly earned his happy ending.

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