The growing political rumor in Michigan is that Rep. John Dingell, the longest-serving congressman in history with nearly 58 years in office, will soon announce he is stepping down.
The same rumor is usually accompanied by talk that the 86-year-old Democrat's wife, Democratic National Committeewoman Debbie Dingell, will attempt to succeed him in the Great Lake State's Dearborn-based 12th District.
Dingell himself won the seat in 1955 following the death of his namesake-father, who had been in Congress since 1933.
Last month, after carefully considering a bid for the seat of retiring Democratic Sen. Carl Levin, Debbie Dingell, 58, chose not to run, fueling rumors of her husband's upcoming exodus and her own succession.
A former chairman of the House Energy Committee, John Dingell is one of two World War II veterans still serving in the House and the only member of Congress who has personally met every president since Franklin D. Roosevelt, whom Dingell met while serving as a congressional page.
John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax.
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