Biden, Bill Clinton to speak at Dingell memorials

    Bill Clinton (left) and Joe Biden (right)

    The late U.S. Rep. John Dingell (D-Dearborn) will be eulogized by former President Bill Clinton and former Vice President Joe Biden, among other political leaders who have been longtime friends.

    The office of U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn) on Sunday announced speakers for memorials this week scheduled in both Dearborn and Washington, D.C. John Dingell died on Thursday at age 92.

    Biden is slated to speak at services on Tuesday at Church of the Divine Child in Dearborn. U.S. Reps. John Lewis (D-Ga.)* and Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph) are also scheduled to memorialize Dingell. Upton has described Debbie Dingell as “one of my best friends” and the pair often team up on legislation.

    Pallbearers at Tuesday’s service will include John Dingell’s former staff.

    A funeral mass is slated for Thursday at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Washington. Clinton, who spoke to Dingell just before his passing, is scheduled to speak. So is Dingell’s longtime friend, U.S. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), who visited him in Dearborn last week. The final announced speaker is former U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).

    Pallbearers at Thursday’s service will include former members of Congress and Dingell’s colleagues.

    Susan J. Demas is a 19-year journalism veteran and one of the state’s foremost experts on Michigan politics, appearing on MSNBC, CNN, NPR and WKAR-TV’s “Off the Record.” In addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief, she is the Advance’s chief columnist, writing on women, LGBTQs, the state budget, the economy and more. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Farough & Associates, Michigan’s premier political communications firm. For almost five years, Susan was the Editor and Publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, the most-cited political newsletter in the state. Susan’s award-winning political analysis has run in more than 80 national, international and regional media outlets, including the Guardian U.K., NBC News, the New York Times, the Detroit News and MLive. She is the only Michigan journalist to be named to the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Reporters,” the Huffington Post’s list of “Best Political Tweeters” and the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Bloggers.” Susan was the recipient of a prestigious Knight Foundation fellowship in nonprofits and politics. She served as Deputy Editor for MIRS News and helped launch the Michigan Truth Squad, the Center for Michigan’s fact-checking project. She started her journalism career reporting on the Iowa caucuses for The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Susan has hiked over 3,000 solo miles across four continents and climbed more than 60 mountains. She also enjoys dragging her husband and two teenagers along, even if no one else wants to sleep in a tent anymore.


    1. Glad to see the speakers list — reflects well on John Dingell’s long service and connections in many places, including across parties.

      That said, you might want to check the affiliation you have for John Lewis.


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