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Congressman Dingell's Career in BillTally Figures

by Dan Barrett / /

With Congressman Dingell (D-MI) becoming the longest serving Member in the House of Representatives, I thought it would be interesting to put his career in context. He has served since 1955 and was elected to his 29th term in office this year. Through those 57 years, he supported a lot of legislation that would change how the government spends tax dollars. However, it's hard to put an overall career number of how much he would spend or save if his legislation was all enacted. As a Congressman for 57 years, he predates NTUF's BillTally project (and for that matter the National Taxpayers Union and Foundation) but I pulled together the totals that he has supported in the last 20 years. Note: NTUF has data from the 107th to the 112th Congresses online. 

Proposed Spending Agendas of Congressman John Dingell (D-MI)
(in millions of dollars)
Congress
Increase
Decrease
Net
102
$84,786
($1,589)
$83,197
103
$539,660
($95)
$539,565
104
$538,451
($66)
$538,385
105
$557,479
$0
$557,479
106
$606,877
($8)
$606,869
$626,931
($854)
$626,077
$647,529
($3)
$647,526
$651,110
($508)
$650,116
$607,283
($662)
$606,621
$937,076
($7,441)
$929,635
$77,810
($13,731)
$64,079
102-112 Average
$534,090
($2,269)
$531,777
Source: NTUF BillTally System