Representative John Dingell (D-MI) was first elected to Congress in 1955 and has been there ever since. He is, according to The Hill, the longest-serving House member in history.
In a Monday interview with the Detroit News, Dingell announced that he will retire at the end of this congressional term.
It takes a special kind of person to spend nearly 60 years imposing his opinions on an often unwilling country and then, upon the announcement of his far-too-late departure from our public lives, to say "I don't want people to say I stayed too long."
Though an immovable supporter of Detroit's harmful labor unions, Dingell is far from the worst member of the House. But 58 years in government is too much.