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2,445 US Representatives Who Served with John Dingell

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From Watkins Abbitt to John Zwach, Dingell has worked alongside nearly 2,500 different elected men and women over the last 21,000 days in the nation's lower legislative chamber

johndingell10.jpegMichigan congressman John Dingell received a lot of press on Friday as he passed the late West Virginia Democrat Robert Byrd for the most days served in Congress in U.S. history.

As of Monday, Dingell reached 21,000 days of service, or 57 years, 5 months, and 28 days.

Representative Dingell won a special election in December 1955 after the death of his father, 12-term Representative John Sr., and has won reelection 29 times since.

(Note: Dingell was actually not sworn in until January 3, 1956, but House tradition counts his seniority start date - and his 21,000 days - at his election date, not his swearing-in date).

Along the way, Dingell has seen many faces come and go in the nation's lower legislative chamber.

And just how many Representatives has the Dean of the U.S. House served with over the last 21,000 days?

A Smart Politics analysis of data culled from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress finds John Dingell has served alongside 2,445 different U.S. Representatives thus far during his 57+ years in the House.

Excluding delegates, Dingell has served with:

· 2,223 men and 222 women.

· 1,253 Democrats, 1,174 Republicans, and 18 Representatives who either switched parties or served as independents.

Dingell has thus far served with 88 Representatives from his home state of Michigan which ranks as the eighth most of any state over these nearly 57 and one-half years.

In first is California with 210 Representatives who have shared the House floor with Dingell followed by New York with 196, Pennsylvania with 139, Texas with 127, Illinois with 122, Ohio with 115, Florida with 91, Michigan with 88, New Jersey with 70, and North Carolina with 68.

That's a lot of names for one man to remember from California alone - although Dingell might be able to recall all of the Representatives he has served with from Alaska, which has had only four Representatives since statehood in 1959 and perhaps even Delaware, Vermont, and Wyoming (eight each).

Number of U.S. Representatives to Serve with John Dingell by State

State
#
California
210
New York
196
Pennsylvania
139
Texas
127
Illinois
122
Ohio
115
Florida
91
Michigan
88
New Jersey
70
North Carolina
68
Georgia
66
Indiana
66
Virginia
52
Tennessee
50
Maryland
48
Missouri
48
Massachusetts
47
Louisiana
46
Washington
46
Wisconsin
44
Minnesota
43
Connecticut
42
Alabama
39
Iowa
39
Colorado
38
Kansas
37
South Carolina
37
Kentucky
36
Oklahoma
33
Arizona
31
Arkansas
28
Mississippi
27
Oregon
26
Nebraska
24
Utah
22
Maine
20
West Virginia
20
New Mexico
19
Idaho
18
New Hampshire
18
Nevada
16
South Dakota
15
Hawaii
13
Montana
13
North Dakota
13
Rhode Island
12
Delaware
8
Vermont
8
Wyoming
8
Alaska
4
Total
2,446*
* Edgar Foreman served from both Texas and New Mexico and is therefore counted in the tally for each state. Note: Excludes delegates. Table compiled by Smart Politics.

The congressman with whom Dingell has served alongside the longest is fellow Democratic Wolverine State U.S. Representative John Conyers - currently serving Michigan's 13th CD.

Conyers has been in office since January 1963 winning 25 U.S. House contests and has served with Dingell for the last 48 years, 5 months, 7 days and counting.

The member of the U.S. House with whom Dingell served the fewest number of days was 11-term Republican Chauncey Reed of Illinois in the 84th Congress.

Reed died on February 9, 1956, or 37 days after Dingell was sworn into office.

(Note: New York Democratic Representative Sidney Fine resigned 20 days after Dingell's election to Congress on January 2, 1956 - but the two did not technically serve in the House together as Dingell was sworn in one day later).

And will Dingell add to this 2,445 tally in 2015?

Presuming he wants to serve for a 31st term, there seems to be no stopping southeastern Michigan's record-holding congressman.

Dingell has been elected by an average margin of victory of 46.9 points across the 30 contests of his congressional career.

During the Republican tsunami of 2010, he faced his most competitive race ever with a 16.7-point victory that cycle, but rebounded with a 38.9-point win in the newly drawn 12th CD in 2012.

Over these 30 contests Dingell has averaged 72.6 percent of the vote while his Republican opponents have averaged just 25.6 percent.

Since Dingell's first victory in the special election of 1955 to fill his father's seat after his death, he has defeated a total of 77 challengers: 28 Republicans, 14 Libertarians, and five candidates from the U.S. Taxpayers, American Independent, and Socialist Workers parties, four from the Natural Law Party, three from the Green, Socialist Labor, and Prohibition parties, two from the U.S. Labor party, and five other independent or third party candidates.

John Dingell Margin of Victory in U.S. House Races, 1955-2012

Year
District
Dingell
GOP
3rd
MoV
2012
12
67.9
29.0
3.1
38.9
2010
15
56.8
40.1
3.1
16.7
2008
15
70.7
25.0
4.3
45.7
2006
15
88.0
0.0
12.0
83.9
2004
15
70.9
26.6
2.5
44.3
2002
15
72.2
25.7
2.1
46.5
2000
16
71.0
26.5
2.5
44.5
1998
16
66.6
31.0
2.4
35.6
1996
16
62.0
35.7
2.3
26.3
1994
16
59.1
39.8
1.1
19.3
1992
16
65.1
31.4
3.5
33.7
1990
16
66.6
31.9
1.5
34.7
1988
16
97.4
0.0
2.6
97.4
1986
16
77.8
22.2
0.0
55.6
1984
16
63.7
35.7
0.5
28.0
1982
16
73.7
25.3
1.0
48.4
1980
16
69.9
28.2
1.9
41.7
1978
16
76.5
22.0
1.5
54.5
1976
16
75.9
22.7
1.4
53.2
1974
16
77.7
20.5
1.8
57.2
1972
16
68.1
29.8
2.1
38.3
1970
16
79.1
20.9
0.0
58.2
1968
16
73.9
25.9
0.2
48.0
1966
16
62.7
37.3
0.0
25.4
1964
16
73.4
26.5
0.1
46.9
1962
15
83.0
17.0
0.0
66.0
1960
15
79.4
20.3
0.3
59.1
1958
15
78.5
21.2
0.3
57.3
1956
15
74.1
25.8
0.1
48.3
1955
15
76.1
23.6
0.3
52.5
Average
72.6
25.6
1.8
46.9
Table compiled by Smart Politics with data culled from the Office of the Clerk of U.S. House of Representatives.

For a complete list of the nearly 2,500 U.S. Representatives to serve with John Dingell click here.

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  • What has he done for the State of Michigan in 57+ years? Isn't that the question?

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