Dingell memorial in D.C. scheduled

    John Dingell, speaking with Harold Ford | Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan photo, Flickr

    The Washington, D.C., memorial for former U.S. Rep. John Dingell (D-Dearborn) will be held next week along with services in Dearborn. The arrangements were announced on Friday by the office of his wife, U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn).

    John Dingell | Susan J. Demas

    Dingell, 92, died Thursday night in his home. He served 59 years in Congress.

    On Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, a motorcade carrying Dingell’s casket will be driven past the U.S. Capitol on the East Plaza.

    On Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019, at 10:30 a.m., a funeral mass will be held at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 3513 N. Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20007. This event is open to the public. A reception at Georgetown University will follow.

    Susan J. Demas is a 17-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.

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