(CNN) - Democrat Richard M. Daley is now Chicago's longest-serving mayor, surpassing the previous milestone set by his father, Richard J. Daley.
The younger Daley has now served 7,918 days in office, or 21 years and eight months, which is two more day than the elder Daley served from 1955 until 1976.
The current windy city mayor will step down from his post this spring having served about five months longer than his father, concluding a 42 year family reign.
The race to succeed Daley received increased national attention after Rahm Emanuel left his post as White House chief of staff in October to run for Chicago mayor.
Two words – TERM LIMITS!!!!