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Georgetown Alumnus is Longest-Serving Congress Member

June 6, 2013 – Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.) tomorrow will become the longest-serving member of U.S. Congress – serving in his role for 57 years and 177 days.

The Georgetown alumnus has spent his 30 terms in office helping to shape the nation’s legislation for civil rights, clean water, Medicare and U.S. workers’ rights and more.

“It is an absolute honor to serve the people of Southeast Michigan,” he said this past Tuesday. “This milestone is an honor to me, and I continue to be grateful for having the trust of the proud and hard-working people I'm blessed to represent.”

Dingell received his Georgetown bachelor’s degree in chemistry in 1949 and returned to receive his law degree in 1952 – three years before his first term in office.

His wife, Debbie, received her bachelor’s degree from Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service and her Master of Arts in Liberal Studies.

The congressman gives credit to Georgetown for his success in life.

“My time at Georgetown, both as an undergraduate and law student, has been of immense value to me over the years …,” he said. “Georgetown and the Jesuits gave me a great gift. They taught me about values, how to think and reason and so much more that has benefited me throughout my whole life.”

Dingell, called the “dean” of the House of Representatives because he is the longest-serving member, also sits on all six subcommittees of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and votes on the Subcommittee on Health, the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade and the Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy.

He also manages to find time to visit his alma mater – he gave a talk to students at the Georgetown Public Policy Institute a couple of years ago.

“Through his decades of public service, and his thoughtful, careful leadership, Congressman Dingell has represented the very best of our Georgetown tradition,” says Georgetown President John J. DeGioia. “His longevity of service is a testament to his extraordinary dedication to his constituents and our nation.”

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