Biden says Dingell treated everyone with dignity

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DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) Former Vice President Joe Biden says longtime Michigan Rep. John Dingell believed that having a job meant more than just collecting a paycheck. It was about dignity.

Biden spoke about his longtime congressional colleague during a funeral for Dingell on Tuesday.

About 800 dignitaries, constituents and others attended the service at a church in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn.

Biden says Dingel was among the few people he looked up to and that he treated everyone with dignity, including during his record 59 years in Congress.

Biden says Dingell "knew public service wasn't a title you wear but a shift you work."

Dingell was the longest serving member of Congress in U.S. history.

He died Thursday at age 92.

Dingell worked for landmark legislation over the decades, including civil rights, Medicare and health care.