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Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.), the longest-serving House Member, confirmed Saturday morning that he will run for re-election in November for a 29th term.

Speaking to the College Democrats at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Dingell said, “Now is not the time to walk away.”

“Given the current status of our economy, Michigan needs experienced leaders in Washington to stand up for our families and help dig the state out of this economic depression,” he said. “I have the experience and determination to make sure we are doing what we have to do to create jobs and get this economy back on its feet.”

Dingell was first elected to represent Southeastern Michigan’s 15th district in a special election in 1955. He has been re-elected in the Democratic-leaning district by no less than 62 percent since. In 2008, he won with 71 percent of the vote.

Dingell lost the chairmanship of the Energy and Commerce Committee last year, but the 83-year-old has shown no signs of slowing down. He reported $623,000 in his campaign account at the end of 2009.

The filing deadline in Michigan is May 11.

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