John Dingell

Congress pauses to remember its longest serving member, John Dingell
Dingell eulogized by his former House colleagues: Hoyer, Boehner, Upton and Lewis

Rep. John Lewis attends the funeral mass for former Rep. John Dingell at Holy Trinity Church Feb. 14, 2019, in Washington. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

In the last 24 hours of his long life, John D. Dingell, 92, was visited by a few old friends and House colleagues. One of them was House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, who eulogized Congress’ longest-serving member Thursday, and recalled that even in his final hours, Dingell “was in command.”

“We talked for an hour about what was, what had been and what should be,” Hoyer said at Dingell’s second funeral Thursday.

Dingell honored by Biden, but congressional delegation misses funeral due to weather
Former vice president says Congress’ longest-serving member was one of the few colleagues he looked up to

Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the funeral of former Congressman John Dingell, D-MI, at the Church of the Divine Child on Tuesday. (Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

Congress’ longest-serving member, John D. Dingell, was known for his sense of humor. So much so, that when his former colleagues traveling to his funeral in Dearborn, Michigan, were diverted back to Washington due to bad weather, the priest presiding over the service suggested Dingell was at work.

Rev. Terrence Kerner said he wasn’t supposed to preach at Dingell’s service. Father Pat Conroy, the House chaplain, insisted he knew Dingell better and should do so. But he was on the plane with the congressional delegation that was diverted back to Washington. 

Lawmakers hold service for John Dingell mid-air as weather tangles travel

Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., was among the members of Congress en route to Dearborn for the funeral of John Dingell before weather dictated the plane turn back to Washington. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A military plane carrying members of Congress to Michigan for former Rep. John Dingell’s funeral were turned around due to weather issues, prompting the group to hold a mid-air memorial for the longest serving member of Congress.

The Dingell family announced Sunday that Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. would join Georgia Democratic Rep. John Lewis and Michigan GOP Rep. Fred Upton in speaking at the service in Dearborn, Mich. Lewis and Upton were among those en route to the funeral in Dearborn, when weather in Detroit made landing unfeasible.

Former Rep. John Dingell Expects to Be Released From Hospital Soon
Longest serving member of Congress had a heart attack last week

Former Rep. John D. Dingell, D-Mich., is expected to be released from the hospital as early as Tuesday following his heart attack last week. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former Michigan Democratic Rep. John D. Dingell could be released from the hospital as early as Tuesday following his heart attack last week.

Dingell, 92, who retired at the end of 2015 as the longest serving member of Congress, announced his pending hospital release on Twitter on Monday in his usual joking style. 

John Dingell's Not Holding Anything Back
Ex-Michigan congressman countertweets the Republican convention

Former Michigan Rep. John Dingell, right, celebrated his 90th birthday in a House hearing room named for him on July 6. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Some politicians in retirement take up hobbies. George W. Bush and Winston Churchill picked up painting. Sen. Eugene McCarthy went back to writing poetry after his unsuccessful run for president in 1968. But former Rep. John D. Dingell is breaking new ground: tweeting his unbound thoughts on politics and sports.   

The Michigan Democrat was apparently watching the Republican National Convention Tuesday night:

John Dingell Likes Steph Curry's New Shoes ... He's the Only One
You're not helping, Mr. Dingell