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




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.
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.
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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.