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Late congressman John Dingell remembered in Dearborn

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Dignitaries including former Vice President Joe Biden gathered in Dearborn today to remember the life of the late Congressman John Dingell.


Dingell was the longest-serving member in the history of Congress.

During his six decades in Congress, Dingell had a hand in passing everything from Medicare to the Clean Water Act.

   Speaking at the funeral, former Vice President Joe Biden said Dingell always fought for the good jobs and health care he felt constituents deserved.


“We mourn today because we knew John. And we’ll face tomorrow with sharp minds and steel in our bones… with dignity and respect for all men and women…if we really want to do him any service at all.”


   Bad weather prevented a congressional delegation from reaching the funeral.

   They reportedly held an impromptu service for Dingell aboard an aircraft.

   A second funeral is scheduled for Thursday in Washington.