Dingell’s Record, By the Numbers

By Teri Finneman

Feb 11, 2009 4:34pm

ABC News’ Rick Klein reports: I filed a story to mark the remarkable record set today by Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., as he became the longest-serving House member in the nation’s history. At 53 years, three months and counting, he’s been in office for almost a quarter of the nation’s history. Between his father’s service and his own, a Dingell has represented Michigan in Congress since the waning days of the Hoover administration. The House historian’s office put together some remarkable statistics: Number of roll call votes Rep. Dingell cast between Dec. 13, 1955 and last week: 24,377 out of a total of 27,001 in the House of Representatives. Total number of days House has been in session, excluding weekends and recess periods, since Dingell took office: 7,740 Number of associate Supreme Court justices who have served during Dingell’s career: 27 Number of chief justices of the United States who have served during his career: 4 Number of presidents Dingell has served under: 11, including President Obama, who was born after Dingell had been in office for more than five years.

Number of new Cabinet agencies formed during Dingell’s career: 6 Number of House members he has served with: 2,265

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