EVERYONE WILL HAVE heard by now that Michigan Democrat John Dingell today became the longest serving member of Congress. (If not, one can easily catch up: see The Washington Post, National Journal, and Roll Call’s career in photos). Yet how many know who ranks behind him? Here are the top ten longest-serving members of Congress by length of service. The final column indicates their reason for leaving.
What unites these men? Firstly, they’re all just that: men. Secondly, they were all elected in the 20th century. And lastly, they’re all Democrats. Less strikingly, the two left serving are both from Michigan.
|John Dingell (D-Mich.)||57 years, 176 days||Still serving|
|Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.)||57 years, 176 days||Died|
|Carl Hayden (D-Ariz.)||56 years, 319 days||Retired|
|Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii)||53 years, 118 days||Died|
|Jamie L. Whitten (D-Miss.)||53 years, 60 days||Retired|
|Carl Vinson (D-Ga.)||50 years, 61 days||Retired|
|Emanuel Celler (D-N.Y.)||49 years, 305 days||Lost election|
|Sam Rayburn (D-Texas)||48 years, 257 days||Died|
|John Conyers (D-Mich.)||48 years, 155 days||Still serving|
|Sidney R. Yates (D-Ill.)||48 years, 0 days||Retired|