Rep. John Dingell (D-MI), who has long experience dealing with broadcast matters as a senior member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, had announced that he will be seeking another term in Congress. His tenure on Capitol Hill dates back to 1955.
That was during the Eisenhower administration for those of you keeping score at home.
Much of his time on the Committee has been spent as either its Chairman or Ranking Member, depending on which party was in control of the House at the time. However, Henry Waxman (D-CA) was able to win the chairmanship away with the help of Democrats, chiefly those concerned that Dingell was too protective of Michigan’s automobile industry at the expense of environmental concerns.
Dingell remains a force on the committee, however, as Chairman Emeritus.