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      Longest serving congressman in history to retire

      Rep. John Dingell of Michigan, the longest-serving congressman in U.S. history, will announce his retirement on Monday.

      Rep. John Dingell, the longest-serving member of Congress in American history and a champion of Detroit's auto industry, has announced his retirement.

      The 87-year-old Michigan Democrat made the announcement Monday before a speech to a Detroit-area Chamber of Commerce.

      Dingell has served in the U.S. House since winning his late father's seat in 1955. He became the longest-serving member of Congress ever in June when he broke the record held by the late Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia.

      Dingell has played a role in many major pieces of legislation, including President Barack Obama's health care overhaul and Medicare. As a congressional page, he watched President Franklin Roosevelt ask Congress to declare war on Japan.

      There is speculation that Dingell's wife, Debbie Dingell, may run to replace him.

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