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Dingell, longest-serving congressman, to retire

By The Associated Press

This article was published February 24, 2014 at 9:28 a.m.

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. John Dingell, the longest-serving member of Congress in American history who mastered legislative deal-making and was fiercely protective of Detroit's auto industry, will announce his retirement Monday, a person familiar with his plans said.

The person was not authorized to speak publicly ahead of Dingell's announcement.

The 87-year-old Michigan Democrat has served in the U.S. House since winning his late father's seat in 1955. He became the longest-serving member of Congress in history June 7, when he eclipsed the record held by the late Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia.

His plans were first reported Monday morning by The Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press.

"I'm not going to be carried out feet first," Dingell told The News. "I don't want people to say I stayed too long.

Read tomorrow's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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HalALouyah says... February 24, 2014 at 9:47 a.m.

You're 87; you stayed too long Dingellberry. I wish we would put a mandatory retirement age for all Congress, heck be generous and make it 68.

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