nearvideo funeral service for John Dingell
The military aircraft transporting a number of deputies, former Congressman John Dingell’s funeral in Detroit to turn around and had to be Tuesday because of the bad weather in Michigan.
The funeral for Dingell, the longest-serving member in the history of Congress, died on Thursday at 92, featured many empty seats in Detroit, a Church, several sources say, Fox News was the scene heart-wrenching.
The former Congressman is survived by his wife, Debbie, who currently holds the house seat and four children. A cause of death was not immediately known.
“It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of John David Dingell, Jr., the former Michigan Congressman, and the longest serving member of the Congress of the United States,” the Congressman said in a statement following Dingell’s death.
DINGELL SAID OF OTHER LEGISLATORS
“Congressman Dingell has died today, peacefully in his home in Dearborn, surrounded by his wife, Deborah. He was a lion, of the Congress of the United States, and a loving son, father, husband, grandfather and friend. He will be remembered for his decades of public service to the people in Southeast Michigan, his razor-sharp mind and a life of devotion to the improvement of the lives of all that walk this earth.”
The Michigan Democrat was regarded as an authority on the Congress, a procedure similar to the legendary Sen., Robert Byrd, D WV. Dingell was best known for his legislative skills, a deep reverence for the history and stinging wit.
The nickname “the Truck”, the heating during his long tenure as Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, the Congressman from Detroit, in the course of many landmark measures, including the reform of the health care, energy regulations, and telecommunications expansion.
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By the time Dingell hit the record for the longest tenure in the house in February 2009, he was the Democrats ” go-to colleague for underlining a moment of their historical significance. Dingell ‘ s presence at a press conference or in the chamber for a speech would instantly give you a case, a more serious tone.
“He will not be remembered as one of the most influential members of Congress, served as President,” said former Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, who served on the energy and Commerce Committee with Dingell for two decades.
Fox News ‘ Mike Emanuel and Chad Pergram contributed to this report.