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Thurmond’s tenure in Senate worth noting

Donovan Lee

It was very noble of The Union to publish an article commemorating J. Strom Thurmond on his centennial, and noting that he is the longest serving senator in our nation’s history – 48 years. All the more remarkable considering he was first elected as a write-in candidate.

I think the individual who served the longest in Congress should also be mentioned, lest we forget. Carl Hayden served seven terms in the House of Representatives, then seven terms in the Senate, a total of 56 years in Congress, although less time in the Senate than Thurmond. Others, like Ted Kennedy and Robert Byrd, are catching up quickly with Thurmond and Hayden.

Donovan Lee

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