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Rep. John Dingell, 'dean of the House,' to retire at end of term

DEARBORN, Mich., Feb. 24 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., the longest-serving member in congressional history, announced Monday he would not seek a 30th term in Congress.

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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013.
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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013.
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UPI Almanac for Friday, June 28, 2013.
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Michigan's Dingell to become longest-serving U.S. Congress member

Michigan's Dingell to become longest-serving U.S. Congress member

WASHINGTON, June 2 (UPI) -- Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., is set to become the U.S. Congress' longest-serving member on Friday, records show.
Sen. Inouye lies in state in U.S. Capitol

Sen. Inouye lies in state in U.S. Capitol

WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Sen. Daniel Inouye of Hawaii made his final journey Thursday to the U.S. Capitol where his coffin was to lie in state.
Inouye pressured to give up chairmanship

Inouye pressured to give up chairmanship

WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, is being pressed to give up his Appropriations Committee gavel, critics said, because they don't think he's forceful enough.

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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012.
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UPI Almanac for Monday, Nov. 19, 2012.
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Obama faces tough choices in 2nd term

Obama faces tough choices in 2nd term

CHICAGO, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Tired and victorious, Barack Obama returned to Washington Wednesday after becoming the third U.S. president in recent history to win a second term.

No power changes in Senate, House

WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- The parties that were in power in the U.S. Congress before Tuesday's elections remain the parties in power, but with a few new faces.

Romney carries W.Va., Dems win in state

CHARLESTON, W.Va., Nov. 7 (UPI) -- West Virginia went to Republican Mitt Romney by 25 percentage points while re-electing a Democratic governor and U.S. senator.

Nev. AG: Pacquiao decision not a crime

LAS VEGAS, July 4 (UPI) -- The judges' decision that gave Timothy Bradley a 115-113 win over Manny Pacquiao may have been subjective but not criminal, the Nevada attorney general says.

Senate to get first female parliamentarian

WASHINGTON, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- Alan Frumin, the long-time parliamentarian in the U.S. Senate, retires Tuesday and will be replaced by the first woman to hold the position, officials said.

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UPI Almanac for Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011.
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Senate Appropriations Chairman Robert Byrd (D-WV) poses at his portrait after an unveiling ceremony at the Old Senate Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington on September 25, 2007. (UPI Photo/Yuri Gripas)
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Robert Carlyle Byrd (born Cornelius Calvin Sale, Jr.; November 20, 1917 – June 28, 2010) was a United States Senator from West Virginia. A member of the Democratic Party, Byrd served as a U.S. Representative from 1953 until 1959 and as a U.S. Senator from 1959 to 2010. He was the longest-serving senator and the longest-serving member in the history of the United States Congress.

Initially elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1952, Byrd served there for six years before being elected to the Senate in 1958. He rose to become one of the Senate's most powerful members, serving as secretary of the Senate Democratic Caucus from 1967 to 1971 and—after defeating his longtime colleague, Ted Kennedy—as Senate Majority Whip from 1971 to 1977. Byrd led the Democratic caucus as Senate Majority Leader from 1977 to 1981 and 1987 to 1989, and as Senate Minority Leader from 1981 to 1987. From 1989 to 2010 he served as the President pro tempore of the United States Senate when the Democratic Party had a majority, and as President pro tempore emeritus during periods of Republican majority beginning in 2001. As President pro tempore, he was third in the line of presidential succession, behind the Vice President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives. He also served as the Chairman of the United States Senate Committee on Appropriations from 1989 to 1995, 2001 to 2003, and 2007 to 2009, giving him extraordinary influence over federal spending.

Byrd's seniority and leadership of the Appropriations Committee enabled him to steer a great deal of federal money toward projects in West Virginia. Critics derided his efforts as pork spending to appeal to his own constituents. He filibustered against the 1964 Civil Rights Act and supported the Vietnam War, but later backed civil rights measures and criticized the Iraq War. He was briefly a member of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1940s, but later left the group and denounced racial intolerance.

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