Members With 40 Years or More House Service

Last Updated September 1, 2017

Since Congress convened in 1789, 28 Members have served 40 years or longer in the House of Representatives. 

In cases in which a Member's tenure is not consecutive, service dates are provided in the footnotes. This list does not include Members who served 40 years or longer in both the House and the Senate.

See also:

Member NamePartyStateDays in OfficeYears in Office1 Start Date
Dingell, John, Jr.DemocratMI21,57258.87December 13, 1955
Whitten, Jamie L.DemocratMS19,41953.17November 4, 1941
Conyers, John, Jr.2DemocratMI19,23552.66January 3, 1965
Vinson, CarlDemocratGA18,32550.17November 3, 1914
Celler, EmanuelDemocratNY18,20449.84March 4, 1923
Rayburn, SamDemocratTX17,79048.71March 4, 1913
Yates, Sidney3DemocratIL17,53348.00January 3, 1949 
Patman, WrightDemocratTX17,17147.01March 4, 1929
Cannon, Joseph4RepublicanIL16,80046.00March 4, 1873 
Rangel, CharlesDemocratNY16,77845.94January 3, 1971
Sabath, AdolphDemocratIL16,68545.68March 4, 1907
Young, Donald2RepublicanAK16,25144.49March 6, 1973
Bennett, Charles E.DemocratFL16,07244.00January 3, 1949
Mahon, GeorgeDemocratTX16,07244.00January 3, 1935
Price, MelvinDemocratIL15,81643.30January 3, 1945
Young, C.W. (Bill)RepublicanFL15,63042.79January 3, 1971
McCormack, JohnDemocratMA15,39942.16November 6, 1928
Brooks, JackDemocratTX15,34142.00January 3, 1953
Doughton, RobertDemocratNC15,28241.84March 4, 1911
Martin, Joseph W.RepublicanMA15,28141.84March 4, 1925
Obey, DavidDemocratWI15,25341.76April 1, 1969
Cannon, ClarenceDemocratMO15,04641.19March 4, 1923
Poage, WilliamDemocratTX14,97641.00January 3, 1937
Natcher, WilliamDemocratKY14,85140.66August 1, 1953
Miller, George DemocratCA14,61140.00January 3, 1975
Rodino, Peter, Jr.DemocratNJ14,61140.00January 3, 1949
Stark, Fortney (Pete)    DemocratCA14,61140.00January 3, 1973
Waxman, Henry A.   DemocratCA14,61140.00January 3, 1975

Footnotes

1Years are determined by using 365.2425 days per year, the average length of a year on the Gregorian calendar.

2Current Member

3Served in the 81st to 87th Congresses (January 3, 1949–January 3, 1963) and the 89th to 105th Congresses (January 3, 1965–January 3, 1999).

4Served in the 43rd to 51st Congresses (March 4, 1873–March 3, 1891), the 53rd to the 62nd Congresses (March 4, 1893–March 3, 1913), and the 64th to the 67th Congresses (March 4, 1915–March 3, 1923).