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The longest serving Speaker of the House, Sam Rayburn of Texas, also chaired one committee in his House career: Interstate and Foreign Commerce./tiles/non-collection/i/i_firsts_rayburn_hc.xml Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
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The longest serving Speaker of the House, Sam Rayburn of Texas, also chaired one committee in his House career: Interstate and Foreign Commerce.
Longest-serving Representative to serve in the House:
With more than 57 years of service, Representative John Dingell, Jr., of Michigan, a current Member.

Longest-serving Speaker of the House:
Sam Rayburn of Texas served as Speaker for a total of 17 years, two months, and two days.

Oldest person recorded to have served in the House:
Born in 1923, Representative Ralph Hall of Texas, a current Member, is the oldest person to have served in the House. Prior to 2012, Representative Charles Manly Stedman of North Carolina, who died in office on September 23, 1930, at the age of 89 years, 7 months, and 25 days held the designation.

Youngest person ever to be elected to the House:
Representative William Charles Cole Claiborne of Tennessee, elected to the 5th Congress (1797–1799) at the age of 22.

Longest Period of Nonconsecutive Service in the House:
At 32 years, Representative Richard M. Nolan of Minnesota, a current Member, has the longest period of nonconsecutive service in House history. Representative Nolan served in the 94th through 96th Congresses (1975–1981), and was then re-elected to the 113th Congress (2013–present). Prior to the 113th Congress, Speaker of the House Galusha Grow of Pennsylvania held the record with nearly 31 years. As a sitting Speaker, Grow lost re-election in 1862 and left the House in early 1863. He was re-elected in a special election in 1894.