Congressman John Dingell: A final journey to Washington, D.C.
DETROIT: John Dingell spent his 59-year service as a member of Congress from the presidency of Dwight Eisenhower to Barack Obama. While his home was in Michigan, his passion for service found life in D.C.
Dingle passed away Thursday at 92.
Despite the winter storm, former Vice President Joe Biden paid his respects to Rep. John Dingell. Biden saying that those who study his work will always know they are better off because of it. Biden said that Dingell was a man who stood firm “on the right side of history,” even if that meant standing alone.
Dignitaries, colleagues, and friends all paid their respects to the longest-serving member of Congress at the Church of the Divine Child.
Hazardous weather conditions forced a plane carrying members of Congress to return to Washington. The plane, attempting to land, circling Detroit for an hour. On the ground, hundreds braved the icy conditions to honor the life of a Democratic legend.
Dingell was a key figure in passing legislation throughout his nearly 59 years of political service.
John Dingell served as chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee working to ensure clean air and water, safer food and healthcare for Americans. He also championed the American auto industry, which employed thousands in his district.
Biden applauded Dingell’s dignity.
Biden said Dingell recognized and respected the dignity of every man and woman he encountered. Joe Biden saying that Dingell knew that:
“Public service wasn’t a title you wear but a shift that you work, like everybody else.”
Dingell’s constituents praised him for that.
John Dingell entered Congress taking a seat that was held by his father, Rep. John Dingell Sr. In his first election victory speeches, Dingell said he was picking up the baton. Biden now says it’s time to carry the baton and pass it forward.
Dingell’s casket will pass the U.S. Capitol and will arrive at a second funeral held in DC. Former President Bill Clinton and former House Speaker John Boehner both offering eulogies.
Rep. Dingell will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetary.