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Dingell Running For Re-Election

January 20, 2011

Michigan Democratic Rep. John Dingell, the longest serving member of the House, said Thursday that he'll seek another term next year.

"It's the greatest job in the world," Dingell told the Detroit News. "I can help people and ... make things better, and I represent some of the finest people on earth. The people in southeast Michigan are nothing short of wonderful."

Dingell, 84, was first elected to the House in 1955 in a special election after his father, who previously held the seat, passed away. In February of 2009, he became the longest-ever serving member of the House. In his next term, he'll surpass former West Virginia Sen. Robert Byrd (D) as the longest serving member of Congress in history.

Dingell, who has previously served as chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, also commented on the possibility that his district composition could change significantly since Republicans have complete control of the redistricting process in Michigan.

"I've had three bad redistrictings, and I've survived every one of them despite predictions to the contrary," he said.

In 2010, Dingell faced a challenge from Tea Party favorite Rob Steele (R). That race turned very negative, Dingell said, as both he and his wife received death threats.

"We had a very, very nasty campaign against us in which I got death threats, my wife got death threats," Dingell said. "I don't mind them for me -- I've had them for years...But what does bother me is when they threaten my wife."

Dingell went on to win that race comfortably by nearly 17 points.

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