John Dingell (D-MI)

The longest serving member of Congress is going to retire. 87 year-old Rep. John Dingell (D-Michigan 12th) is not going to seek re-election. One reason Dingell is stepping down (besides age) is because he thinks Congress basically sucks these days. From Detroit News:

More than health concerns, Dingell says a disillusionment with the institution drove his decision to retire.

“I find serving in the House to be obnoxious,” he says. “It’s become very hard because of the acrimony and bitterness, both in Congress and in the streets.” [...]

“This is not the Congress I know and love,” he says. “It’s hard for me to accept, but it’s time to cash it in.”

There is no one with more direct experience with and in Congress and it sounds like he also shares America’s historically low opinion of the place.

This announcement is going to create a rare open seat in a safe Democratic district which is likely to garner a lot of interest.