reported this morning that Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich) will be retiring from Congress:
Dingell, 88, has been in Congress since 1955 and is the longest-serving member in congressional history.
The former chairman of the powerful House Energy & Commerce committee cited both health concerns and a frustration with Congress in his decision to retire.
Noting that his health was fine so far, he zeroed in on the turbulent political atmosphere:
"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."
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.
One of only two World War II veterans still serving in Congress, Dingell's seat is not expected to leave Democratic ranks.
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