by Ray Smock
Records are made to be broken, and the Byrd Center congratulates Congressman John Dingell (D-MI) who will become the longest serving member of Congress on Friday, June 7, 2013, when he will surpass the record held by the late Senator Byrd. Senator Byrd’s total years of service included three terms in the House and more than 51 years in the Senate. Congressman Dingell’s record is based on his service in the House of Representatives, which he entered in 1955. On June 7 he will have served in the House for 57 years and 177 days. He will be 87 years old on July 8 this year.
Senator Byrd’s record of the longest serving U.S. senator in American history at 51 years, 5 months and 26 days, remains in place and it is not likely to be broken for many years, if ever. The most senior senator currently in office is Patrick Leahy (D-VT) in his 39th year of service.
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