Friday, February 08, 2019

On John Dingell Jr. and Our Democracy

American aristocracy: The Dingell seat in the United States House of Representatives has been in family hands (father, son, wife) continuously from 1933 to 2019 and through 2020. John Dingell Jr’s House service ran from December 13, 1955 to January 3, 2015: just over 59 years. He was preceded by his father (House service: 1933-1955), and he was recently succeeded by his wife (2015 to current Congress). 

John Dingell Jr’s son: Christopher D. Dingell was a member of the Michigan State Senate (7th District) from 1987 to 2003. Christopher D. Dingell is now a state judge. He is now 61 years old. 

Seth Barrett Tillman, On John Dingell Jr. and Our Democracy, New Reform Club (Feb. 8, 2019, 3:06 AM), <>. 

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  1. Long history of name recognition and incumbent advantage.

    Too bad so few Reps really want term limits.

    It might be easier to start with term limits on bureaucrats -- gov't employees could stop getting any raises after 10 years, and start a wage reduction of 1% per quarter after 12 years. Until they leave gov't service. Gov't service also needs more turnover.

  2. Andy Levin (D-9-MI) is my congressional rep. His daddy, Sander Levin (D-Martha’s Vineyard, Chevy Chase-MD where he also held residences besides an empty condo in Royal Oak, MI)held the seat before him. His brother Carl, was a US Senator for forever here in MI. What the hell’s wrong with voters?

  3. Johann Amadeus Metesky2/9/19, 1:40 AM

    John Dingell met his second wife, Debbie, when she was GM's chief lobbyist in Washington. It's not well known because it's on her mother's side, so she doesn't bear the Fisher name, but her grandfather was one of the Fisher brothers of Fisher Body and a GM senior vice president. She's as much a member of the lucky sperm club as her now deceased husband.

  4. Alex Bensky2/10/19, 6:51 PM

    Andy Levin is also my congressman and the other day he signed onto Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez' lunatic Green New Deal.

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