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Watch live: John Dingell funeral services in Dearborn

DEARBORN, Mich. — Mourners from across metro Detroit and the political spectrum were gathered in Dearborn Tuesday to pay their respects to former U.S. Rep. John Dingell, the longest-serving member of Congress.

The funeral, originally expected to start at 11 a.m., was delayed 30 minutes because of weather.

Dingell, known as “Big John” or “the Truck” because of his imposing stature, was being eulogized at Dearborn’s Church of the Divine Child by a bi-partisan group of politicians. They included former Vice President Joe Biden and civil rights icon U.S. Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, both Democrats, and his long-time friend, Republican U.S. Rep. Fred Upton of Kalamazoo.

After the service, Dingell’s casket, along with his wife, U.S. Rep, Debbie Dingell, were being flown to Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington by military transport. A motorcade was then expected to take them past the U.S. Capitol.

As part of that motorcade, members of the House and Senate were expected to come outside to watch the motorcade and pay their respects. 

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A bipartisan group of mourners was expected to gather Thursday for a second service in Washington,  where former President Bill Clinton, a Democrat, former Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner of Ohio and U.S. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, a Maryland Democrat, will be the speakers at a funeral mass at Holy Trinity Catholic Church.

Dingell, who was a veteran, is expected to be interred at Arlington National Cemetery though there were no immediate details about that ceremony.

It was fitting that Dingell, who died Thursday at the age of 92 after a battle with cancer, had members of both political parties pay tribute to his nearly 60 years in Congress. He helped craft and pass some of the most consequential measures during his time in the U.S. House of Representatives, including Medicare, the Civil Rights Act, the Clean Water and Clean Air Acts, the Endangered Species Act and the Affordable Care Act.

His colleague, U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, a Lansing Democrat, summed up Dingell’s tenure as she made her way into the Dearborn church Tuesday morning.

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Metro Detroiters pay their respects to former U.S. Rep. John Dingell at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center in Dearborn.
Mandi Wright, Detroit Free Press

“He fought hard but was able to compromise. In order to work across the aisle, you have to be able trust the other person. People trusted his word,” she said.

Dingell retired from the House in 2015 and his wife replaced him after winning his seat in a 2014 election.

Throughout his career, he remained an advocate of Michigan manufacturing, its signature auto industry and its natural resources.

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Born on July 8, 1926, in Colorado Springs, Colo., Dingell spent much of his formative years in Washington, D.C. His father, John Dingell Sr., who had ties to organized labor, moved the family back to Detroit and won election to a newly created congressional district in 1933.

After the war, Dingell entered private practice in Detroit, before joining the staff of U.S. Circuit Judge Theodore Levin and then becoming an assistant prosecuting attorney for Wayne County. After his father died in 1955, Dingell was elected in a special election to replace him. He was 29.

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  • Rep. Debbie Dingell stands by the casket of her late husband former US Representative John D. Dingell during his visitation at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center in Dearborn on Monday, February 11, 2019.1 of 38
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  • Carl Levin and his wife Barbara Halpern-Levin pay their respects to John Dingell who is lying in repose at the Michael A. Guido theater in Dearborn Monday, Feb. 11, 2019.3 of 38
  • Former U.S. Senator Carl Levin talks about the late former US Representative John D. Dingell during his visitation at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center in Dearborn on Monday, February 11, 2019.4 of 38
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  • U.S. Rep.Rashida Tlaib embraces Rep. Debbie Dingell by the casket of her late husband former US Representative John D. Dingell during his visitation at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center in Dearborn on Monday, February 11, 2019.6 of 38
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  • Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, left, greets congresswoman Rashida Tlaib as visitor stream by to pay their respects to her husband John Dingell who is lying in repose at the Michael A. Guido theater in Dearborn Monday, Feb. 11, 2019.8 of 38
  • Members of the American Legion Fort Dearborn Post 364 stand at the casket of the late former US Representative John D. Dingell during his visitation at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center in Dearborn on Monday, February 11, 2019.9 of 38
  • Former Governor Rick Snyder talks with Rep. Debbie Dingell during public visitation for her late husband former US Representative John D. Dingell at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center in Dearborn on Monday, February 11, 2019.10 of 38
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  • Congresswoman Debbie Dingell watches as the casket carrying her husband John Dingell is brought into the Michael A. Guido theater ahead of a visitation in Dearborn Monday, Feb. 11, 2019.17 of 38
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  • Judge Christopher Dingell, left, shakes hands with Imam Ibrahim Kazerooni of the Islamic Center of America as Rep. Debbie Dingell talks with Imam Ahmad Hammoud of the Islamic Center of America by the casket of her late husband former U.S. Rep. John D. Dingell during his visitation at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center in Dearborn on Monday, February 11, 2019.24 of 38
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  • Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, left, greets Senator Gary Peters as visitors stream by to pay their respects to her husband John Dingell who is lying in repose at the Michael A. Guido theater in Dearborn Monday, Feb. 11, 2019.30 of 38
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  • Congresswoman Debbie Dingell greets Rep. Haley Stevens as visitors stream by to pay their respects to her husband John Dingell who is lying in repose at the Michael A. Guido theater in Dearborn Monday, Feb. 11, 2019.33 of 38
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  • Rep. Debbie Dingell (center) stands with former U.S. Senator Carl Levin and his wife Barbara Levin by the casket of her late husband former U.S. Rep. John D. Dingell during his visitation at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center in Dearborn on Monday, February 11, 2019.35 of 38
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In this March 23, 2010, file photo, Marcelas Owens of Seattle, left, Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., right, and others, watch as President Barack Obama signs the health care bill in the East Room of the White House in Washington. J. Scott Applewhite, AP, J. Scott Applewhite, APRep. John Dingell, D-Mich., left, speaks with England’s Prince Harry, and British Ambassador Sir Peter Westmacott, before a reception and dinner at the British Ambassador’s residence, Thursday, May 9, 2013, in Washington. ALEX BRANDON, AFP/Getty ImagesRep. John Dingell, D-Mich., who recently became the longest-serving member of Congress, is celebrated by colleagues, including Vice President Joe Biden, left, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 13, 2013. J. Scott Applewhite, Associated PressFILE – In this June 2, 1977 file photo, President Jimmy Carter hosts a breakfast in the Family Dining Room of the White House in Washington for House Subcommittee members on Energy and Power. From left are Rep. John M. Murphy (D-N.Y.), Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.), President Carter, Rep. Harley Staggers (D-W Va.), Rep. Andrew Maguire (D-N.J.), and Rep. Timothy Wirth (D-Colo.). Fifty seven years ago, Rep. John Dingell, who this week becomes the longest serving member of Congress in history, nearly began his career in tears on the floor of the House. Members were delivering tributes to his father, John Dingell Sr., who had died recently. (AP Photo/Charles Harrity, File) Charles Harrity, Associated PressPresident Barack Obama and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, right, are met by, from left: Detroit Mayor Dave Bing; Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich.; Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., and Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, after stepping off Air Force One upon his arrival at Metropolitan Wayne County Airport in Detroit, Monday, Dec. 10, 2012, before going to the Daimler Detroit Diesel plant in Redford. Charles Dharapak, ASSOCIATED PRESSHouse Energy Committee Chairman Rep. W.J. Tauzin, R-La., second from left, meets with, from left, Rep. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, on Capitol Hill Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2003 prior to the committee’s hearing on last month’s electrical blackout. PABLO MARTINEZ MONSIVAIS, AP

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