Rep. John D. Dingell becomes the longest-serving member of Congress on Friday, eclipsing the record of the late Sen. Robert C. Byrd at 57 years, five months and 26 days.
The House will fete him next week for his distinguished career.
Dingell’s time in Congress predates him being a member, as he attended the Capitol Page School while his father, the late Rep. John Dingell, was a House member.
He was elected to succeed his father in December 1955 and has fashioned a career championing health care and overseeing wide swaths of the U.S. economy from his position atop the Energy and Commerce Committee. Here is a selection of images by our photographers and from the CQ Roll Call archives that represents but a sample of the Michigan Democrat’s storied career.