Carl Vinson was sworn into Congress in 1914 at the age of 31 and would serve a record twenty-five consecutive terms in the U.S. House of Representatives - a total of more than 50 years. Before World War II began, Vinson improved aviator and aircraft procurement for the Navy. He was proficient in getting bills through Congress. His bills are credited with helping the U.S. build war ships quickly after Pearl Harbor. One of his most famous sayings is that, "The most expensive thing in the world is a cheap Army and Navy."