The Longest-Serving Congressmen

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#9: Tom Petri

Republican Tom Petri has been in Congress slightly longer than those who arrived in 1980. He took office representing Wisconsin’s 6th Congressional District in 1979, winning a special election to finish the term of the late Rep. William Steiger. He won a full term the next year and then 16 consecutive times after that, often without any serious challengers. Petri made waves this month by requesting an ethics investigation into his own stock portfolio after reports that he may have broken the rules on conflicts of interest. 

Age: 73

Time in Office: 35 years

District: Wisconsin's sixth

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