NBC News has confirmed that Rep. John Dingell (D-MI) -- the longest-serving member of Congress in history -- will not run for re-election this year.
It will conclude his nearly 60-year career in Congress (1955 thru 2014).
It's a safe Democratic seat; Obama won it in 2012 getting 66% of the vote there.
Dingell told the Detroit News: "I'm not going to be carried out feet first," he said. "I don't want people to say I stayed too long."
He is 87 years old (born July 8, 1926).
First published February 24 2014, 6:31 AM
Mark Murray is the Senior Political Editor at NBC News, where he covers politics for the network, writes and edits its popular â€œFirst Readâ€ blog, and appears daily on MSNBC and Washington DCâ€™s NBC affiliate to discuss the latest political news.
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Before joining NBC News in 2003, Murray spent five years as a reporter at National Journal. And he has written freelance articles published in the New York Times (Sunday op-ed page), the Atlantic Monthly, the Washington Monthly, Washingtonian magazine, and Washington City Paper.
Murray is a 1996 graduate of the University of Texas at Austin (B.A.), and he resides in Washington DC.