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Representative John Dingell, a Democrat from Michigan, announces his retirement after record 59 years in Congress. (Feb 24)
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SHOTLIST:POOL - AP Clients OnlyWashington, DC - 13 June 20131. Wide zoom in of unveiling of portrait of John Dingell to applauseABC Pool - AP Clients OnlyDetriot, Michigan - 24 February 20142. SOUNDBITE (English) Rep. John Dingell, D- Michigan:"I am not leaving the Downrivers (area of Detroit) and I am not leaving Michigan. The lovely Deborah and I are simply coming home ..." Dingell Family handout - AP Clients Only3. FILE: Black and White STILL Dingell on Capitol Hill, date unknownAP Photo - AP Clients OnlyWashington, DC - 7 June 20134. STILL Image Dingell being celebrated by friends and colleagues as he becomes the longest serving member of the U.S. CongressAP Photo - AP Clients OnlyWashington, DC - 12 April 20075. STILL Image of Sen. Robert Byrd POOL - AP Clients OnlyWashington, DC - 13 June 20136. SOUNDBITE (English) Rep. John Dingell, D- Michigan:"Some 57 years ago my fellow citizens elected me to serve in the Congress of the United States. That is the highest and most directly-elected office in the Constitution. And I've been lucky to receive their trust 29 more times."AP Photo - AP Clients OnlyWashington, DC - 4 February 20097. STILL Image of Dingell in his Congressional officeAP Photo - AP Clients OnlyWashington, DC - 23 March 20108. STILL Image, Dingell seated near President Barack Obama as he signs the Affordable Care ActAP Photo - AP Clients OnlyWashington, DC - 4 October 20139. STILL image, Dingell at news conferenceDingell Family handout - AP Clients Only10. FILE: Black and White STILL Dingell with President John F Kennedy, date unknownAP Photo - AP Clients OnlyWashington, DC - FILE11. STILL Image, Dingell watching President George W. Bush sign billDingell Family handout - AP Clients Only12. FILE: Undated family photograph showing Congresssman Dingell, left, with Mother Grace Blossom Bigler and brother Jim13. FILE: Black and White STILL Dingell campaigning in Michigan in 1964AP Photo - AP Clients OnlyWashington, DC - 24 June 201014. STILL Image, Dingell testifying before the House Resources Committee:VOICE-OVER SCRIPT:THE LONGEST-SERVING MEMBER OF CONGRESS IN AMERICAN HISTORY _ REPRESENTATIVE JOHN DINGELL _ IS RETIRINGTHE FORMER CHAIRMAN OF THE POWERFUL HOUSE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE ANNOUNCED THE END HIS POLITICAL CAREER MONDAY.THE 87-YEAR-OLD MICHIGAN DEMOCRAT HAS SERVED IN THE U.S. HOUSE SINCE 1955. HE BECAME THE LONGEST SERVING MEMBER OF CONGRESS IN HISTORY IN JUNE WHEN HE ECLIPSED THE RECORD HELD BY THE LATE SENATOR ROBERT BYRD OF WEST VIRGINIA. (SOT: Rep. John Dingell)"Some 57 years ago, my fellow citizens elected me to serve in the Congress of the United States ... that is the highest and most directly elected office in the Constitution and I have been lucky to receive their trust 29 more times."DINGELL MASTERED LEGISLATIVE DEAL-MAKING AND WAS FIERCELY PROTECTIVE OF DETROIT'S AUTO INDUSTRY.HE PLAYED A ROLE IN MAJOR PIECES OF LEGISLATION, INCLUDING PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA'S HEALTH CARE OVERHAUL AND MEDICARE.DUBBED "BIG JOHN" FOR HIS IMPOSING 6-FOOT-3 FRAME AND SOMETIMES INTIMIDATING MANNER DINGELL HAS SERVED WITH EVERY PRESIDENT SINCE DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER.BORN IN COLORADO IN 1926, JOHN DAVID DINGELL JR. GREW UP IN MICHIGAN, WHERE HIS FATHER WAS ELECTED TO CONGRESS AS A "NEW DEAL" DEMOCRAT.FOLLOWING THE SUDDEN DEATH OF HIS FATHER IN 1955, DINGELL, THEN A 29-YEAR-OLD ATTORNEY, WON A SPECIAL ELECTION TO SUCCEED HIMTRACY BROWN/ASSOCIATED PRESS--------------------------------------------------------------------