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.