John Dingell
John David Dingell Jr. served in Congress for 59 years. The former congressman quoted Norm Ornstein: “in 2050, 70 percent of Americans will be living in just 15 states. That 70 percent will then have 30 senators, and the remaining 30 percent of the people, mainly those living in the smallest and poorest states, will have 70 senators.” Dingell’s solution is to abolish the Senate, along with three other prescriptions. Photo credit: Leslie Science & Nature Center / Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

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