John Dingell in hospital: ‘Being old sucks’

Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich. is celebrated by friends and colleagues on Capitol Hill in Washington, June 7, 2013, as he becomes the longest-serving member of Congress in history with his 20,997th day as a representative. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

DETROIT (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. John Dingell, the longest-serving member of Congress in U.S. history, has been hospitalized in Detroit for a heart procedure.

Dingell’s wife, U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, released a statement Tuesday saying her 89-year-old husband was admitted to Henry Ford Hospital on Monday for a heart procedure, though she didn’t offer specifics. But she did say her husband was comfortable and “his usual feisty self.”

His Twitter account demonstrated that. Dingell wrote on Tuesday that he was back in the hospital and that “being old sucks.”

The Democrat served 59 years in Congress, after being elected in 1955 to fill the House seat vacated by his father. Debbie Dingell was elected to her husband’s Detroit-area seat after he decided to retire last year.

John Dingell also was hospitalized in December, when he spent more than two weeks in a Washington hospital because of a fractured hip.

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