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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."

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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.

Excited to hear Lowe's is bringing a new customer support center to Indy. Nice to see #IN05 attracting new jobs!

Susan W. Brooks @SusanWBrooks

Excited to hear Lowe's is bringing a new customer support center to Indy. Nice to see #IN05 attracting new jobs!

11:49 AM - 22 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Honoring some of the winners of the #Delco Senior Games at Maris Grove in Glen Mills yesterday

Patrick Meehan@RepMeehan

Honoring some of the winners of the #Delco Senior Games at Maris Grove in Glen Mills yesterday

11:50 AM - 22 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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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.

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):

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

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?

11:37 PM - 21 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

Staff has now informed me of what a Kardashian is.

I'm only left with more questions.

10:13 AM - 22 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

John Dingell@john_dingell

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

2:45 PM - 18 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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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

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

4:56 PM - 15 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

I've met 14 U.S. Presidents. #HowOldAreYou

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

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

11:54 AM - 08 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

John Dingell@john_dingell

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

2:41 PM - 26 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

John Dingell@john_dingell

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

5:13 PM - 07 Nov 13ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

John Dingell@john_dingell

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

9:53 PM - 17 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

John Dingell@john_dingell

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

3:03 PM - 26 Sep 13ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

That is now the second time I've tweeted or retweeted the #TurnDownForWhat hashtag. That said, go @tigers! #BlessYouBoys

John Dingell@john_dingell

That is now the second time I've tweeted or retweeted the #TurnDownForWhat hashtag. That said, go @tigers! #BlessYouBoys

9:28 PM - 01 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Cosign. RT @blessyouboys: MIGGY MIGGY MIGGY MIGGY MIGGY MIGGY MIGGY MIGGY MIGGY MIGGY MIGGY MIGGY MIGGY MIGGY MIGGY MIGGY MIGGY MIGGY MIGGY

John Dingell@john_dingell

Cosign. RT @blessyouboys: MIGGY MIGGY MIGGY MIGGY MIGGY MIGGY MIGGY MIGGY MIGGY MIGGY MIGGY MIGGY MIGGY MIGGY MIGGY MIGGY MIGGY MIGGY MIGGY

8:40 PM - 15 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

John Dingell@john_dingell

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

2:24 PM - 16 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

John Dingell@john_dingell

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

1:12 PM - 18 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

John Dingell@john_dingell

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

9:21 AM - 21 Jun 13ReplyRetweetFavorite

Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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