This month the House said goodbye to the last World War II veterans serving in Congress: Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.), the retiring longest serving member of Congress in history, and Rep. Ralph Hall (R-Texas), who was defeated in his primary.
Dingell, 88, and Hall, 91, served a combined 46 terms, or 92 years, in the House.
Dingell decided to say farewell with a 2014 Holiday Jingle (the whole poem is on BuzzFeed):
‘Twas just days before Dems lost control of the Senate
Handing over the reins to whoever’s left in it.
But amidst all the partisan clanking and clatter
Thought I’d write you a poem and highlight a few matters
Looking back on my career and the year in reflection
For I’m hanging it up, after 30 elections.
… From Gruber to Ebola, I’ve survived this year’s banter.
Think the Tea Party’s dead? You should ask my friend Cantor.
Cruz’s latest ploy backfired, ushering through nominations
Like a new Surgeon General, and a head of immigration
Made our Cabinet stronger, reaffirmed our world power
If Ash Carter doesn’t work, well there’s always Tim Howard
…So the election’s now upon us, and amidst all the hintin’
There’ll be a line of new choices [and a Bush, and a Clinton]
As folks “actively explore,” and throw their hats in the ring
We must look at their records, and the experience they bring
As for me, I’ve never been one to create a big scene
So Happy Holidays to all, DINGELL 2016!