Former Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Rep. John Dingell (D-MI) has announced that he will not seek re-election later this year. Dingell’s retirement, at the age of 87, will end a nearly 60 year career on Capitol Hill, which makes him the longest serving member of Congress in United States history. Dingell began his career in 1955, as he succeeded his father. His legacy will include his work on the Endangered Species Act, amending the Clean Air Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act, the National Environmental Policy Act and many other environmental laws. Another legacy Dingell will leave is his ability to bring both parties together for bi-partisan efforts. Current Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) said of his colleague, “From spearheading the recovery of the auto industry to ensuring our drug safety laws are complete to updating our pipeline safety standards, he and I have had a strong bipartisan partnership. And, on the occasion we may disagree, we've never been disagreeable." It is widely expected that Dingell’s wife Debbie, will seek her husband’s seat later this year.