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Washington — Former President Bill Clinton and former Vice President Joe Biden are among those who will speak at funeral services for former U.S. Rep. John Dingell this week. 

Dingell, the longest-serving member of Congress in U.S. history, died Thursday at the age of 92. 

Biden will speak at Dingell's funeral Mass in Michigan on Tuesday, along with long-time Dingell friends Reps. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, and John Lewis, D-Georgia. Biden wrote the forward to Dingell's book last year.

Pallbearers at Tuesday’s service will include former staffers of Dingell. The Mass will be held at the Church of the Divine Child in Dearborn. 

Clinton, a former hunting buddy of Dingell's, will speak at the funeral Mass on Thursday in Washington.

"John Dingell served with more presidents than a cat has lives, and John Quincy Adams said there is nothing in life so pathetic as a former president," Clinton said at a 2005 tribute to Dingell. 

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"I was asked to come here to be living proof that presidents come, and presidents go, and John Dingell goes on forever."

Other speakers at Thursday's Mass are former House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland. Boehner was the last speaker under whom Dingell served. 

Pallbearers at Thursday’s service, to be held at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Georgetown, Washington, D.C., will include former members of Congress and colleagues of Dingell's. 

The speakers and pallbearers were announced Sunday by the office of U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, who succeeded her husband in Congress in 2015.

A public visitation is planned from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center at 15801 Michigan Ave. in Dearborn.

mburke@detroitnews.com

 

 

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