Democrat Wilbur Mills served in Congress from 1939 to 1977 representing Arkansas' 2nd District. For 17 years, he was Chairman of the Ways and Means committee, the longest of any person in US history.
Mills was drafted by friends and fellow Congressmen to make himself available as a candidate for President of the United States in 1972, a campaign he lost to the eventual Democratic nominee George McGovern presidential campaign, 1972. Mills' main platform was to appeal to the senior community by advocating an automatic Cost Of Living Adjustment for social security.
McGovern was trounced by Richard Nixon's re-election campaign, dashing Mills' hopes of becoming McGovern's Secretary of the Treasury.