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PoliticsFuneral begins for longtime Rep. John Dingell

20:40  12 february  2019
20:40  12 february  2019 Source:   msn.com

Late Rep. John Dingell hailed as 'one of the greats' at Washington funeral

Late Rep. John Dingell hailed as 'one of the greats' at Washington funeral At a Washington service, longtime Rep. John Dingell was honored for his record-breaking service in the House. The 92-year-old Dingell, who died last week, served 59 years in Congress, longer than anyone else in U.S. history. The Michigan Democrat was the longtime chairman of the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee and played a key role in laws on everything from health care to the environment, civil rights and the auto industry, which Dingell fiercely defended throughout his tenure.

Funeral begins for longtime Rep. John Dingell© The Associated Press Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, left, and Christopher Dingell place the pall on the casket of John Dingell at the Church of the Divine Child on Feb. 12, 2019, in Dearborn, Mich.

DEARBORN, Mich. — John Dingell served in Congress longer than any other person in American history, yet he made the common man feel uncommon, a minister told dignitaries and hundreds of other mourners Tuesday during a funeral for the longtime Michigan congressman.

Dingell, who represented southeast Michigan for 59 years in the House, died Thursday at age 92. Vice President Joe Biden was among his former colleagues attending the service, though a military plane carrying members of Congress was turned back because of bad weather — but not before an impromptu service at 30,000 feet.

John Dingell, longest-serving member of U.S. Congress, dead at 92

John Dingell, longest-serving member of U.S. Congress, dead at 92 John Dingell, a gruff Michigan Democrat who entered the U.S. House of Representatives in 1955 to finish his late father's term and became a legislative heavyweight and longest-serving member of Congress, died on Thursday, Michigan lawmakers said. He was 92. Dingell served 59 years in the House before retiring in 2015 because, as he said to a Michigan business group at the time, he no longer could "live up to my own personal standard" for serving in Congress.

Missouri Rep. Billy Long tweeted that the service aboard the plane was led by Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan.

On the ground, the Rev. Terrence Kerner spoke to about 750 people gathered inside a church in suburban Detroit. He said Dingell instructed his staff to be responsive to the needs of his constituents and to help people who were no longer in his district after his district's lines had been redrawn.

Kerner said Dingell told his staff: "Even though they are not in my district any more, take care of them. ... They need me. They need you."

Biden also was expected to speak during the funeral. Snow and icy weather briefly delayed the start of the service at the Church of the Divine Child in Dearborn, where police were shoveling snow and helping people inside.

Lawmakers hold service for John Dingell mid-air as weather tangles travel

Lawmakers hold service for John Dingell mid-air as weather tangles travel A military plane carrying members of Congress to Michigan for former Rep. John Dingell’s funeral was turned around due to weather issues.

Funeral begins for longtime Rep. John Dingell

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On Monday, hundreds of people passed Dingell's coffin and were personally greeted by members of his family. Former constituents and admirers lined up at a performing arts center in Dearborn to pay their respects. Dingell's casket was in a ballroom while oversized photos of his life were displayed in the lobby.

His wife, Rep. Debbie Dingell, who was elected to her husband's seat in 2014, stayed to greet everyone throughout the day, after some private moments near the casket.

The visitation was the first of many public events this week. There will be a second funeral Mass on Thursday in Washington. A motorcade with Dingell's casket will pass the U.S. Capitol, where he held power for years as a House committee chairman. He will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery.

Former President Bill Clinton and former House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio will speak at the Washington service.

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