Why Politicians Never Go Away

Rep. John Dingell (D), 84, has "served" in Congress for 55 years!

Have you ever wondered why people become politicians and like it so much, they cling to their position way past the standard retirement age?
As examples, here’s a list of the longest-serving current members of Congress:
Name                                         Age          Years in Congress
John Dingell (D-Michigan)        84                     55
Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii)         86                      51
John Conyers (D-Michigan)      82                      46
Charles Rangel (D-NY)              80                     40
Bill Young (R-Florida)               80                      40
Thad Cochran (R-Miss)             70                      38
Pete Stark (D-CA)                       79                      38
Don Young (R-Alaska)               77                      38
Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont)        71                      36
Max Baucus (D-Montana)          69                      36
Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa)           77                      36
Tom Harkin (D-Iowa)                 71                     36
George Miller (D-CA)                  66                    36
Henry Waxman (D-CA)              71                    36
Here’s the reason why people become politicians and never go away.

Dear Boss,

I have enjoyed working here these past several years. You have paid me very well, given me benefits beyond belief. I have 3-4 months off per year and a pension plan that will pay my salary till the day I die and a health plan that most people can only dream about.

I plan to take the next 12-18 months to get reelected or find a new position.

During this time I will show up for work when it is convenient. In addition I fully expect to draw my full salary and all the other perks associated with my current job.

Oh yeah, if my search for this new job proves fruitless, I will be back with no loss in pay or status. Before you say anything, remember that you have no choice in the matter.

I can and will do this.


Every Senator or Congressman running for reelection or for President.

Try that at your job and tell me how it works out.
H/t beloved fellow Tina.

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9 years ago

Keeping them alive is that gold-plated healthcare plan that we pay for, even though some of them look embalmed already.

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9 years ago

Don’t forget, they run those campaigns on other people’s money! Incessant fundraising! A talk radio host in Colorado I knew back in the mid-1990s called me in a panic one afternoon. His guest cancelled at the last minute and he wanted me to do a 90 minute interview. On what? It came out of the blue! I’m not such a brilliant conversationalist that I can dialogue for and hour and half on national radio. I did have DSL internet service , a rarity in those days. We did a rollicking interview with me on the Center for Responsive Politics website… Read more »

9 years ago

Term limits, stat!

9 years ago

this is a good list to keep handy,the way I see it every stinking one of these the majority communists need to go to the curb. Remember Pete Starks comments he made,”The government can do anything it wants” they have definitely worn out their welcome.