(WASHINGTON) -- Although Congress is bitterly divided on a solution to the nation’s looming debt limit crisis, there was a rare bipartisan moment on the House floor on Friday when Republicans and Democrats alike took to the floor to honor the longest serving member of Congress in U.S. history, the Dean of the House, Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., who’s now 85 years old.
“Ladies and gentlemen this is a wonderful day of celebration,” Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland began. “Today we celebrate the 85th birthday of an extraordinary American. An American who has served over 5/8ths of his life in this House”
The chamber, which was full of members following a vote, erupted into applause.
Dingell, who walks slowly with two canes and uses a wheelchair to commute between the Capitol and his congressional office across the street, stood up in the chamber to wave and acknowledge the bipartisan gesture from his congressional colleagues.
Dingell, born July 8, 1926, is about three years younger than Rep. Ralph Hall, R-Texas, the oldest member of the House. Elected at age 29 and now serving in his 29th term, the Michigan Democrat has served longer than any other member in the history of the Congress -- House or Senate.
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