Dingell, 88, has been in Congress since 1955 and is the longest-serving member in congressional history.Noting that his health was fine so far, he zeroed in on the turbulent political atmosphere:
The former chairman of the powerful House Energy & Commerce committee cited both health concerns and a frustration with Congress in his decision to retire.
"I find serving in the House to be obnoxious," he continued. "It's become very hard because of the acrimony and bitterness, both in Congress and in the streets."One of only two World War II veterans still serving in Congress, Dingell's seat is not expected to leave Democratic ranks.
The longtime congressman, known for his forceful personality, has for decades been a fierce ally of Michigan's auto industry. He has often worked across the aisle with Republicans on legislation, creating friction with liberal House Democrats on environmental issues.