.@billclinton Thank you my dear and wonderful friend. Honored to serve with you.
— John Dingell (@JohnDingell) June 7, 2013
Congratulations to my friend @John_Dingell on becoming the longest serving member of Congress in history. Keep up the good work.
— Al Gore (@algore) June 7, 2013
President Obama, who now has something in common with Dingell in that neither one of them are sure exactly when they’ll be leaving office, also congratulated the new congressional longevity record holder:
"John has always worked tirelessly for people of his beloved Michigan & for working families across America," says Pres Obama of Dingell.
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) June 7, 2013
Dingell has retained his seat longer than a lot of others:
Of the 12,099 people who have served in Congress, no one has served longer than Michigan Rep. John Dingell. http://t.co/emu28oCEVR
— NPR Politics (@nprpolitics) June 7, 2013
Congratulations for Dingell from other fellow Dems:
— Charles Rangel (@cbrangel) June 7, 2013
Congratulations to Congressman John Dingell of Michigan on becoming the longest-serving Member in the history of… http://t.co/vPxuX04eRP
— Sheila Jackson Lee (@JacksonLeeTX18) June 7, 2013
Congrats to my friend and colleague @John_Dingell on becoming the longest serving Member of Congress. 20,997 days and still going strong
— Congressman Nadler (@RepJerryNadler) June 7, 2013
But this praise of record-setting entrenched incumbency was a bipartisan affair:
Boehner on Dingell being longest srving mbr of Cong: Today belongs to John Dingell 1 of the greats & the very definition of a man of the Hse
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) June 7, 2013
— Governor Rick Snyder (@onetoughnerd) June 7, 2013
— Fred Upton (@RepFredUpton) June 7, 2013
57 years, five months and 26 days — Congratulations @John_Dingell for being the longest serving member in congressional history
— Rep. Randy Hultgren (@RepHultgren) June 7, 2013
Meanwhile, some citizens hope Dingell’s record is made to stand forever:
— raybury (@raybury) June 7, 2013
— Hunter Buckworth (@HunterBuckworth) June 7, 2013
— Chet Lemonade (@AdSal44) June 7, 2013
— Cypress Ed (@CypressEd) June 7, 2013
— NO WAY DUDE! (@mjenner78) June 7, 2013
— Dave in CO (@CrazySanMan) June 7, 2013
seems wrong- John Dingell (D-MI) becomes the longest-serving member of Congress in history today at 57 years, 5 months, 26 days
— according to Amy (@Amyloukingery) June 7, 2013
Michigan Rep. John Dingell is now the longest tenured congressman in history- he's been there since 1955. We really need term limits
— Ben Mertens (@bnmrtns) June 7, 2013
— Kate (@frendafox) June 7, 2013
Congrats John Dingell. But there should be term limits on congressmen.
— Hi I'm AJ (@Knilirabaj) June 7, 2013
— Frank Cotton (@FrankJCotton) June 7, 2013
80 years ago, John Dingell, Sr. was elected to the Congressional seat his son still holds. Not entirely sure that's something to celebrate.
— Yoni Appelbaum (@YAppelbaum) June 7, 2013
— Ronnie Whitaker (@RonnieWhitaker) June 7, 2013