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This is a list of United States congressmen by longevity of service. It is meant to only cover those congressmen who have set records for longevity of service (over 36 years). It is divided up into several categories.

In cases where there is a tie in time the following criteria will sort people higher:

  1. Achieved the time uninterrupted (total tenure rank only)
  2. Achieved the time first
  3. Senators over Representatives (House and Senate list only)
  4. Senate or House Seniority (Charles Rangel vs. Bill Young, Dan Rostenkowski vs. Neal Edward Smith)

Amongst currently sitting congressmen, there are ten on these lists: Robert Byrd, John Dingell, Daniel Inouye, John Conyers, Dave Obey, Charles B. Rangel, Bill Young, Thad Cochran, Pete Stark, and Don Young. Amongst retired congressmen on these lists, there are twelve still living: Jack Brooks, Robert H. Michel, Ernest Hollings, William Broomfield, Dan Rostenkowski, Neal Edward Smith, Joseph McDade, Paul Sarbanes, Ted Stevens, Pete Domenici, Ralph Regula, and Joe Biden.

Contents

Key

+ Currently serving
H Served in House (only shown for House and Senate combined categories)
S Served in Senate (only shown for House and Senate combined categories)
I Interruptions in service (only shown for total tenure categories)

House and Senate time

Total Tenure
Rank
Uninterrupted
Rank
Name Total Tenure Time Uninterrupted Time
1 1 Robert Byrd (H,S) +&0000000000000057.00000057 years, &0000000000000014.00000014 days +&0000000000000057.00000057 years, &0000000000000014.00000014 days
2 2 Carl Hayden (H,S) 56 years, 319 days 56 years, 319 days
3 3 John Dingell (H) +&0000000000000054.00000054 years, &0000000000000035.00000035 days +&0000000000000054.00000054 years, &0000000000000035.00000035 days
4 4 Jamie L. Whitten (H) 53 years, 60 days 53 years, 60 days
5 5 Daniel Inouye (H,S) +&0000000000000050.00000050 years, &0000000000000149.000000149 days +&0000000000000050.00000050 years, &0000000000000149.000000149 days
6 6 Carl Vinson (H) 50 years, 61 days 50 years, 61 days
7 7 Emanuel Celler (H) 49 years, 305 days 49 years, 305 days
8 8 Sam Rayburn (H) 48 years, 257 days 48 years, 257 days
9 999 Joseph Gurney Cannon (H,I) 48 years, 0 days n/a
10 999 Sidney R. Yates (H,I) 48 years, 0 days n/a
11 11 Strom Thurmond (S,I) 47 years, 159 days 46 years, 57 days
12 9 Wright Patman (H) 47 years, 3 days 47 years, 3 days
13 10 Ted Kennedy (S) 46 years, 292 days 46 years, 292 days
14 12 Adolph J. Sabath (H) 45 years, 247 days 45 years, 247 days
15 13 J. Lister Hill (H,S) 45 years, 142 days 45 years, 142 days
16 14 John Conyers (H) +&0000000000000045.00000045 years, &0000000000000014.00000014 days +&0000000000000045.00000045 years, &0000000000000014.00000014 days
17 15 George H. Mahon (H) 44 years, 0 days 44 years, 0 days
18 16 Warren Magnuson (H,S) 44 years, 0 days 44 years, 0 days
19 17 Charles Edward Bennett (H) 44 years, 0 days 44 years, 0 days
20 18 Justin Smith Morrill (H,S) 43 years, 299 days 43 years, 299 days
21 999 William B. Allison (H,S,I) 43 years, 152 days n/a
22 19 Charles Melvin Price (H) 43 years, 110 days 43 years, 110 days
23 20 Henry M. Jackson (H,S) 42 years, 241 days 42 years, 241 days
24 999 Carter Glass (H,S,I) 42 years, 157 days n/a
25 21 John William McCormack (H) 42 years, 58 days 42 years, 58 days
26 22 John Sparkman (H,S) 42 years, 0 days 42 years, 0 days
27 23 William R. Poage (H) 42 years, 0 days 42 years, 0 days
28 24 Jack Brooks (H) 42 years, 0 days 42 years, 0 days
29 25 Robert L. Doughton (H) 41 years, 305 days 41 years, 305 days
30 26 Joseph William Martin, Jr. (H) 41 years, 305 days 41 years, 305 days
31 27 Clarence Cannon (H) 41 years, 69 days 41 years, 69 days
32 28 John C. Stennis (S) 41 years, 59 days 41 years, 59 days
33 29 Kenneth McKellar (H,S) 41 years, 30 days 41 years, 30 days
34 30 Dave Obey (H) +&0000000000000040.00000040 years, &0000000000000291.000000291 days +&0000000000000040.00000040 years, &0000000000000291.000000291 days
35 31 William Huston Natcher (H) 40 years, 240 days 40 years, 240 days
36 999 Claude Pepper (H,S,I) 40 years, 207 days n/a
37 32 William P. Frye (H,S) 40 years, 157 days 40 years, 157 days
38 33 Ted Stevens (S) 40 years, 10 days 40 years, 10 days
39 34 Carl Curtis (H,S) 40 years, 0 days 40 years, 0 days
40 35 Peter W. Rodino (H) 40 years, 0 days 40 years, 0 days
41 999 Jennings Randolph (H,S,I) 39 years, 364 days n/a
42 999 Eugene Hale (H,S,I) 39 years, 363 days n/a
43 36 Leslie C. Arends (H) 39 years, 362 days 39 years, 362 days
44 37 Daniel A. Reed (H) 39 years, 352 days 39 years, 352 days
45 38 George William Norris (H,S) 39 years, 305 days 39 years, 305 days
46 39 John Taber (H) 39 years, 305 days 39 years, 305 days
47 40 William M. Colmer (H) 39 years, 305 days 39 years, 305 days
48 41 Charles B. Rangel (H) +&0000000000000039.00000039 years, &0000000000000014.00000014 days +&0000000000000039.00000039 years, &0000000000000014.00000014 days
49 42 Bill Young (H) +&0000000000000039.00000039 years, &0000000000000014.00000014 days +&0000000000000039.00000039 years, &0000000000000014.00000014 days
50 999 Samuel Smith (H,S,I) 39 years, 9 days n/a
51 999 John Little McClellan (H,S,I) 38 years, 329 days n/a
53 43 Morris Sheppard (H,S) 38 years, 145 days 38 years, 145 days
53 44 Ernest Hollings (S) 38 years, 55 days 38 years, 55 days
54 45 Richard Russell, Jr. (S) 38 years, 9 days 38 years, 9 days
55 999 John Sherman (H,S,I) 38 years, 4 days n/a
56 46 Russell B. Long (S) 38 years, 3 days 38 years, 3 days
57 47 Frederick H. Gillett (H,S) 38 years, 0 days 38 years, 0 days
58 48 Wilbur Mills (H) 38 years, 0 days 38 years, 0 days
59 49 Dante Fascell (H) 38 years, 0 days 38 years, 0 days
60 50 Robert H. Michel (H) 38 years, 0 days 38 years, 0 days
61 999 Robert Crosser (H,I) 37 years, 305 days n/a
62 999 Robert L. F. Sikes (H,I) 37 years, 290 days n/a
63 51 Nathaniel Macon (H,S) 37 years, 255 days 37 years, 255 days
64 52 Henry Cabot Lodge (H,S) 37 years, 250 days 37 years, 250 days
65 999 Alben W. Barkley (H,S,I) 37 years, 74 days n/a
66 53 Henry B. Gonzalez (H) 37 years, 60 days 37 years, 60 days
67 54 Thad Cochran (H,S) +&0000000000000037.00000037 years, &0000000000000014.00000014 days +&0000000000000037.00000037 years, &0000000000000014.00000014 days
68 55 Pete Stark (H) +&0000000000000037.00000037 years, &0000000000000014.00000014 days +&0000000000000037.00000037 years, &0000000000000014.00000014 days
69 999 Francis E. Warren (S,I) 37 years, 6 days n/a
70 56 Don Young (H) +&0000000000000036.00000036 years, &0000000000000317.000000317 days +&0000000000000036.00000036 years, &0000000000000317.000000317 days
71 999 James Eastland (S,I) 36 years, 83 days n/a
72 57 Joe Biden (S) 36 years, 12 days 36 years, 12 days
73 58 Henry L. Dawes (H,S) 36 years, 0 days 36 years, 0 days
74 59 Felix Edward Hébert (H) 36 years, 0 days 36 years, 0 days
75 60 Edward Boland (H) 36 years, 0 days 36 years, 0 days
76 61 William Broomfield (H) 36 years, 0 days 36 years, 0 days
77 62 Dan Rostenkowski (H) 36 years, 0 days 36 years, 0 days
78 63 Neal Edward Smith (H) 36 years, 0 days 36 years, 0 days
79 64 Claiborne Pell (S) 36 years, 0 days 36 years, 0 days
80 65 Joseph McDade (H) 36 years, 0 days 36 years, 0 days
81 66 Paul Sarbanes (H,S) 36 years, 0 days 36 years, 0 days
82 67 Pete Domenici (S) 36 years, 0 days 36 years, 0 days
83 68 Ralph Regula (H) 36 years, 0 days 36 years, 0 days
84 999 Shelby M. Cullom (H,S,I) 36 years, 0 days n/a
85 999 Henry A. Cooper (H,I) 36 years, 0 days n/a

Senate time

Total Tenure
Rank
Uninterrupted
Rank
Name Total Tenure Time Uninterrupted Time
1 1 Robert Byrd +&0000000000000051.00000051 years, &0000000000000014.00000014 days +&0000000000000051.00000051 years, &0000000000000014.00000014 days
2 4 Strom Thurmond (I) 47 years, 159 days 46 years, 57 days
3 2 Daniel Inouye +&0000000000000047.00000047 years, &0000000000000014.00000014 days +&0000000000000047.00000047 years, &0000000000000014.00000014 days
4 3 Ted Kennedy 46 years, 292 days 46 years, 292 days
5 5 Carl Hayden 41 years, 305 days 41 years, 305 days
6 6 John C. Stennis 41 years, 59 days 41 years, 59 days
7 7 Ted Stevens 40 years, 10 days 40 years, 10 days
8 8 Ernest Hollings 38 years, 55 days 38 years, 55 days
9 9 Richard Russell, Jr. 38 years, 9 days 38 years, 9 days
10 10 Russell B. Long 38 years, 3 days 38 years, 3 days
11 999 Francis E. Warren (I) 37 years, 6 days n/a
12 999 James Eastland (I) 36 years, 83 days n/a
13 11 Warren G. Magnuson 36 years, 20 days 36 years, 20 days
14 12 Joe Biden 36 years, 12 days 36 years, 12 days
15 13 Claiborne Pell 36 years, 0 days 36 years, 0 days
16 14 Pete Domenici 36 years, 0 days 36 years, 0 days

House time

Total Tenure
Rank
Uninterrupted
Rank
Name Total Tenure Time Uninterrupted Time
1 1 John Dingell +&0000000000000054.00000054 years, &0000000000000035.00000035 days +&0000000000000054.00000054 years, &0000000000000035.00000035 days
2 2 Jamie L. Whitten 53 years, 60 days 53 years, 60 days
3 3 Carl Vinson 50 years, 61 days 50 years, 61 days
4 4 Emanuel Celler 49 years, 305 days 49 years, 305 days
5 5 Sam Rayburn 48 years, 257 days 48 years, 257 days
6 999 Joseph Gurney Cannon (I) 48 years, 0 days n/a
7 999 Sidney R. Yates (I) 48 years, 0 days n/a
8 6 Wright Patman 47 years, 3 days 47 years, 3 days
9 7 Adolph J. Sabath 45 years, 247 days 45 years, 247 days
10 8 John Conyers +&0000000000000045.00000045 years, &0000000000000014.00000014 days +&0000000000000045.00000045 years, &0000000000000014.00000014 days
11 9 George H. Mahon 44 years, 0 days 44 years, 0 days
12 10 Charles Edward Bennett 44 years, 0 days 44 years, 0 days
13 11 Charles Melvin Price 43 years, 110 days 43 years, 110 days
14 12 John William McCormack 42 years, 58 days 42 years, 58 days
15 13 William R. Poage 42 years, 0 days 42 years, 0 days
16 14 Jack Brooks 42 years, 0 days 42 years, 0 days
17 15 Robert L. Doughton 41 years, 305 days 41 years, 305 days
18 16 Joseph William Martin, Jr. 41 years, 305 days 41 years, 305 days
19 17 Clarence Cannon 41 years, 69 days 41 years, 69 days
20 18 Dave Obey +&0000000000000040.00000040 years, &0000000000000291.000000291 days +&0000000000000040.00000040 years, &0000000000000291.000000291 days
21 19 William Huston Natcher 40 years, 240 days 40 years, 240 days
22 20 Peter W. Rodino 40 years, 0 days 40 years, 0 days
23 21 Leslie C. Arends 39 years, 362 days 39 years, 362 days
24 22 Daniel A. Reed 39 years, 352 days 39 years, 352 days
25 23 John Taber 39 years, 305 days 39 years, 305 days
26 24 William M. Colmer 39 years, 305 days 39 years, 305 days
27 25 Charles B. Rangel +&0000000000000039.00000039 years, &0000000000000014.00000014 days +&0000000000000039.00000039 years, &0000000000000014.00000014 days
28 26 Bill Young +&0000000000000039.00000039 years, &0000000000000014.00000014 days +&0000000000000039.00000039 years, &0000000000000014.00000014 days
29 27 Wilbur Mills 38 years, 0 days 38 years, 0 days
30 28 Dante Fascell 38 years, 0 days 38 years, 0 days
31 29 Robert H. Michel 38 years, 0 days 38 years, 0 days
32 999 Robert Crosser (I) 37 years, 305 days n/a
33 999 Robert L. F. Sikes (I) 37 years, 290 days n/a
34 30 Henry B. Gonzalez 37 years, 60 days 37 years, 60 days
35 31 Pete Stark +&0000000000000037.00000037 years, &0000000000000014.00000014 days +&0000000000000037.00000037 years, &0000000000000014.00000014 days
36 32 Don Young +&0000000000000036.00000036 years, &0000000000000317.000000317 days +&0000000000000036.00000036 years, &0000000000000317.000000317 days
37 33 Felix Edward Hébert 36 years, 0 days 36 years, 0 days
38 34 Edward Boland 36 years, 0 days 36 years, 0 days
39 35 William Broomfield 36 years, 0 days 36 years, 0 days
40 36 Dan Rostenkowski 36 years, 0 days 36 years, 0 days
41 37 Neal Edward Smith 36 years, 0 days 36 years, 0 days
42 38 Joseph McDade 36 years, 0 days 36 years, 0 days
43 39 Ralph Regula 36 years, 0 days 36 years, 0 days
44 999 Henry A. Cooper (I) 36 years, 0 days n/a

See also

References

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