(CNSNews.com) – Rep. John Dingell, now 86 years old, on Friday became the longest-serving member of Congress.
In a congratulatory news release, the office of House Speaker John Boehner’s office originally identified the liberal Democrat from Michigan as an “R.”
The error undoubtedly will be corrected in the course of the day, but here’s the news release as it first appeared on Boehner’s website:
Congratulations, John Dingell
Posted by Speaker Boehner Press Office
June 7, 2013
WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today congratulated Rep. John Dingell (R-MI) on becoming the longest-serving member of Congress in U.S. history, with 57 years, five months, and 26 days of service:
“Today belongs to John Dingell, one of the greats and the very definition of a man of the House. His devotion to his constituents and his country, the many battles he’s fought and won on behalf of the American people, and the sheer joy he takes in his work have made him synonymous with this institution. I’m honored to call John a good friend, and I know the whole House joins me in congratulating him on this milestone.”
NOTE: Last week, House and Senate leaders announced that they will hold a celebration of Rep. Dingell’s milestone on Thursday, June 13 in National Statuary Hall.
(end press release)
Dingell, a proponent of Obamacare, recently took the House floor to blast Republican attempts to repeal the law.
“This is not what we should be wasting our time with—this is nothing more than political posturing so House Freshmen can make the same foolish mistakes of their most immediate predecessors," he said on May 16.