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As is often the case, the North American International Auto Show in Detroit will attract its share of political dignitaries from the nation’s capital when industry week gets under way next week.

After it was reported just a couple of days ago that Vice President Joe Biden would attend, it appears another number of members of President Barack Obama’s cabinet also will attend.

A person familiar with a memorandum said U.S. Reps. John Dingell, D-Dearborn, and Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, sent a note to other members of the state’s congressional delegation today, letting them know who else was coming and inviting them to accompany the cabinet members on tours at the auto show.

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx — a former mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, who replaced Ray LaHood as secretary last year — will take part in opening the show Monday. Also on that day, Labor Secretary Thomas Perez and Gina McCarthy, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, are expected to visit. On Jan. 15, Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker is to visit the show, as is Biden.