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Ohio Rep. Kaptur to become longest-serving woman in US House

March 15, 2018
FILE - In this Wednesday, July 19, 2017 file photo, Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, member of the House Appropriations Committee, speaks during a markup hearing on FY2018 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill, FY2018 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Bill; and Interim Suballocation of Budget Allocations for FY2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Kaptur is poised to become the longest-serving female member ever in the U.S. House. The 71-year-old Democrat from Toledo has served in the House since 1983. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
FILE - In this Wednesday, July 19, 2017 file photo, Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, member of the House Appropriations Committee, speaks during a markup hearing on FY2018 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill, FY2018 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Bill; and Interim Suballocation of Budget Allocations for FY2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Kaptur is poised to become the longest-serving female member ever in the U.S. House. The 71-year-old Democrat from Toledo has served in the House since 1983. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ohio Rep. Marcy Kaptur is poised to become the longest-serving female member in the U.S. House.

The 71-year-old Democrat from Toledo has served in the House since 1983.

The longest-serving woman in the House so far was Rep. Edith Nourse Rogers, a Massachusetts Republican who served from 1925 until she died in 1960. Kaptur would surpass that tenure of over 35 years on Sunday.

Colleagues applauded Kaptur on Wednesday in a rare moment of bipartisan celebration as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and House Speaker Paul Ryan offered comments praising Kaptur’s long service.

Kaptur is campaigning this year for re-election to what would be her 19th term.

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