7am Stumper 2-26-14
Earlier this week, Representative John Dingell, a Democrat from Michigan, announced he'll retire. Dingell is 87 years old and the longest-serving member of Congress in American history. Dingell has served in the U.S. House since winning his late father's seat in 1955. In June, he became the longest-serving member of Congress ever, breaking the record held by the late Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia.
Who will be the longest serving member of the U.S. House and U.S. Senate when John Dingell leaves?
1. Senator Patrick Leahy
2. Representative John Conyers
3. Senator Orrin Hatch
The answer is: 2. Representative John Conyers
One Michigander leaves with the most seniority in Congressional history, and another one is now the Congressman with the most seniority currently in office. According to the website for the House of Representatives, the next most senior member of Congress, still serving, is Conyers, who first took office in 1965. He's been elected to 24 consecutive terms. The most senior current member of the U.S. Senate is Patrick Leahy. The Vermont Democrat took office in 1975.