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Rep. John Dingell, the longest serving member in Congress, announces retirement

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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 Washington, DC. Obama spoke about the Affordable Care Act.

The longest serving member of Congress in American history says farewell. Today, Rep. John Dingell of Michigan announced his plans to retire. The 87-year-old Democrat told the Detroit News "I don't want people to say I stayed too long." Dingell joins a long list of folks who are bidding farewell to the halls of Congress. 

For more on this we're joined by NPR political editor Ron Elving.


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