88-Year-Old Member Of Congress Probably The Best Person On Twitter

“Staff has now informed me of what a Kardashian is. I’m only left with more questions.”

The longest serving member of Congress is better on Twitter than all of us. Rep. John Dingell, the 88-year-old Michigan Democrat first elected in 1955, has quickly solidified himself as the best politician on Twitter.

With the rise of social media, most politicians have clumsily used social media as just another means of self-promotion or extended press releases. Most posts by politicians on social media take the form of a congratulatory note after a meeting, a sort of digital thank you card to groups with whom they meet.

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Dingell, however, is a member of select class of lawmakers who have used social media to engage positively in the hyper-obsessive Washington, D.C., political Twitter environment.

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On Monday night and Tuesday morning for instance, Dingell easily had the best reaction to an accidental tweet from whoever runs an EPA Twitter feed with a score from the Kardashian game (here’s the EPA tweet before it deleted):

EPA Twitter Feed

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And Dingell’s response:

I'm the last original author of the Clean Water Act, but I have no idea who/what a Kardashian is and I rarely play games. You OK, @EPAwater?

— John Dingell (@john_dingell)
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He followed up Monday morning with:

Staff has now informed me of what a Kardashian is. I'm only left with more questions.

— John Dingell (@john_dingell)
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Last week, he parodied LeBron James’ essay about returning to Cleveland:

With the House adjourned for the week, I'm taking my talents back to Michigan to spend time with constituents. #MI12

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He also has been know to take shots at his own age:

Working on speech to an auditorium full of Congressional Interns tomorrow. Staff advises it should be less A, more B.

— John Dingell (@john_dingell)
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I've met 14 U.S. Presidents. #HowOldAreYou

— John Dingell (@john_dingell)
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Surely a question that has plagued mankind for decades. RT @USATODAY: Why John Dingell is one degree from Kevin Bacon http://t.co/5ItjtYxnWF

— John Dingell (@john_dingell)
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We have to catch you up with the times, David. RT @DavidCornDC: Hey @AOL can you tell me why my AOL email account is not working? #annoyed

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In fact, there really isn’t any aspect of social media where Dingell isn’t completely killing it.

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46yrs ago today, I helped get the Public Broadcasting Act of 67 signed into law. You're welcome, Cookie Monster. #tbt

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In honor of @30for30, here I am welcoming '89 World Champ #BadBoys to DC. Yes, in a Dumars tee. #tbt

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Few can say they've ever spent the day in a duck blind with @billclinton. #tbt #throwbackthursday

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Cosign. RT @espn: Tim Howard. So money.

— John Dingell (@john_dingell)
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That is now the second time I've tweeted or retweeted the #TurnDownForWhat hashtag. That said, go @tigers! #BlessYouBoys

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Ha! Good work. http://t.co/De99kogRo2 RT @AshleyCodianni: @john_dingell why won't you join @Snapchat cc @bennyjohnson

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Twitter now supports GIFs? Well, alright. http://t.co/4W1gUF6uZP

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@TheFix I've been known to use some colorful language at times, but "amazeballs" is certainly a new one, friend.

— John Dingell (@john_dingell)
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Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
Contact Andrew Kaczynski at andrew.kaczynski@buzzfeed.com.

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