John McCaslin

Like everybody's favorite weatherman Willard Scott, members of Congress frequently rise on the House floor to salute constituents who reach the ripe old age of 100.

This columnist once wrote about a congressionally recognized woman who continued to inhale cigarettes beyond the century mark, albeit her congressman was quick to caution Americans not to follow her example.

Two things stand out (we have no idea whether he smokes or not) about Louisiana native Adam Milliken Jr., who Republican Rep. Rodney Alexander says will celebrate his 100th birthday on May 12.

First, the elderly resident of Lake Providence is the father of 10 children. One can imagine, therefore, how many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, and so on, bear his name.

Also worth noting is that the retired African-American farmer has made politics his hobby throughout his life, even though he initially was not granted the right to vote.

"Truly an integral part of Louisiana history, Mr. Millikin's fascination with politics has deep roots," says Mr. Alexander, who reveals that his constituent "was just one of four [black] males who first obtained the right to vote in East Carroll Parish."

Mr. Milliken has attended church his entire life, and to this day serves as deacon of the Rose Hill Baptist Church.

John McCaslin

John McCaslin is a contributing columnist on and author of Inside The Beltway: Offbeat Stories, Scoops, and Shenanigans from around the Nation's Capital .

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