John Dingell, the longest-serving Congressman in U.S. history, memory, grieving in Michigan

nearvideo people line-up for the Rep. John Dingell public visitation in Michigan

The guests came from far and wide in Michigan to honor the longest-serving member of Congress in U.S. history on Monday.

Hundreds of John Dingell former components strung on a performing arts center in a suburb of Detroit to pay their respects.

Bob Damiani, 71, of Taylor, told the Detroit Free Press: “He is a great man. He always stood for the people.”

Dingell’s flag-covered coffin, the coffin was in a ballroom in the center in Dearborn. Outside the room, grieving over-sized photos of his life and his 59-year career in Congress.

He died last week at the age of 92, four years after his departure from the house.


“He has made us very proud. We will always remember him best,” Dawn Nowak, 53, of Dearborn told the Free press.

The news outlet reported that Dingell, whose roots are in the working class section of Dearborn, was known under his nickname: Big John and “The truck” for his old-school-macho personality, and 6’3″ height.

“We are missing a good man,” John Bendzick, 73, of Dearborn, the Free press said. “He was very similar to my father, in fact, they have the same personality almost. Very stoic, very solid with both feet on the ground.”


Dingell succeeded his father in Congress in 1955.

Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., center, consoling, former Rep. Candice Miller, R-Mich., as Macomb County executive Mark Hackel, right, looked on the coffin of former Rep. John Dingell, in the peace in Dearborn on Monday. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Rep. Debbie Dingell, who was elected to remained to her husband’s seat in 2014, to Greet the day.

The visit was the first of many public events this week.

Funeral mass for Tuesday in Dearborn and Thursday in Washington. A motorcade with Dingell’s coffin past the Capitol building, where the Michigan Democrat held for years, as a house Committee Chairman. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery, officials have said.


The former Vice-President Joe Biden, Rep. John Lewis of Georgia and Rep. Fred Upton to talk all the way from Michigan, on Tuesday service, with former President Bill Clinton and former House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, on the occasion of the Washington service.

His life over the years, many politicians are inspired on the national level.

“There is no question that John Dingell was a tough guy,” Michigan ‘ s Democratic sen. Gary Peters of the Free press said about the model he called a mentor. “He has his ways, often by force of personality, but he people often together in the end. I think the reason he was able to bring together people, you could go the fight on the floor of the House of Representatives and then to get out and have a beer later, or go to duck and to go hunting — he also believed in building relationships.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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