Washington, DC - Today, Congressman John Dingell became the longest-serving member of Congress. To mark this historic occasion, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement:
"I congratulate Representative Dingell for his historic accomplishment and decades of service in Congress. He is not only a leader, but an inspiration to all Americans.
"Congressman Dingell's service is not just marked by the time he has spent in Congress; it's marked by what he has accomplished serving his country. As a member of the Greatest Generation he enlisted in the Army in 1944 at the age of 18 and rose to the rank of second lieutenant. In Congress he has served his state of Michigan and all Americans with distinction. Congressman Dingell has been instrumental in hallmark pieces of legislation ranging from the creation of Medicare to the Civil Rights Act and the Clean Air Act to the Affordable Care Act and so much more.
"On behalf of the DNC, I send my warmest wishes and congratulations to my colleague, Congressman Dingell, his wife Debbie and the rest of the Dingell family."