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With how many colleagues has John Dingell served in Congress?

Rep. John D. Dingell (D-Mich.) marks his 21,000th day in Congress on Monday -- an historic feat that sets him apart from any of his current or late colleagues.


Rep. John D. Dingell (D-Mich.) (AP)

And with how many colleagues has Dingell served over the course of his 57 years, five months and 29 days on Capitol Hill?

Exactly 2,445, according to a University of Minnesota researcher.

Eric J. Ostermeier, who writes the school's Smart Politics blog, has reviewed congressional biographical records and shares these fascinating details:

-- Dingell has served alongside 2,445 different House lawmakers. Of them, 1,253 were Democrats, 1,174 Republicans, and 18 were representatives who either switched parties or served as independents.

-- He has served with 2,222 male colleagues and 223 female House lawmakers.

-- Dingell has served the longest with Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) for 48 years, five months, seven days and counting. Dingell served the shortest amount of time with Rep. Chauncey Reed (R-Ill.), who died on Feb. 9, 1956, just 37 days after Dingell was sworn into office.

-- Dingell has served with 88 Michigan House lawmakers. He's served with 210 House lawmakers from California, 196 from New York, 139 from Pennsylvania, 127 from Texas, 122 from Illinois, 115 from Ohio and 91 from Florida.

Impressive, eh?

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Ed O’Keefe is covering the 2016 presidential campaign, with a focus on Jeb Bush and other Republican candidates. He's covered presidential and congressional politics since 2008. Off the trail, he's covered Capitol Hill, federal agencies and the federal workforce, and spent a brief time covering the war in Iraq.

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