Longest-Serving Congressman Has Retired – But Not From Twitter

Congressman John Dingell, the longest serving representative in Congressional history, retired last month and marked the occasion with a tweet. Referring to his status as a former U.S. Congressman from Michigan, he said:

It’s witty tweets like this that gained Dingell, 88, widespread attention last year. He “has quickly solidified himself as the best politician on Twitter,” Buzzfeed proclaimed in July 2014. A month later. he was praised by numerous other sites, including Slate, for his humorous response to an accidental tweet by the EPA. An agency employee had inadvertently tweeted a Kardashian game score on the agency feed instead of their own; Dingell responded:

Although his social media director reportedly worked with him on all tweets, Dingell is one of very few politicians on Capitol Hill who seems to get Twitter, and at 88 he’s among the site’s least active age group. According to the Pew Research Center, only 10 percent of online users age 65 or more are active Twitter users as of September 2014. But while that number is still relatively small, it has doubled in the past year, and with Dingell leading the way it could rise. As promised, Dingell has continued tweeting after sharing his final moments in office.

His post-retirement tweets are every bit as witty as those he posted from Capitol Hill, where his wife, Debbie Dingell, has replaced him in Congress. (Translation: YOLO is “You only live once.)

It seems Twitter doesn’t want to be done with him, either. One follower proposed that Dingell only retired so he could run for president, using the hashtag #DingellAllTheWay. Dingell’s response:

Though a presidential run doesn’t seem likely, Dingell is staying engaged with the public, influencing future politics and taking cracks at it. After Romney announced he would not run for president in 2016, Dingell tweeted:

As he continues to enjoy retirement and continue his discovery of the Kardashians, we hope he’ll keep us updated with bits of wisdom that come with age.

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