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Rep. Dingell after fall: 'Feeling well, on the mend'

Candice Williams
The Detroit News

Rep. John Dingell appeared to be in good spirits Monday evening as he recovers from a hip fracture he suffered last week.

"Feeling well & on the mend," the Democrat from Dearborn wrote on Twitter. "Stuck in hospital, but looking forward to being back home as soon as I can. Thankful for prayers & well wishes."

Dingell, 88, the longest-serving member of Congress in history, is hospitalized at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C. His wife, Debbie Dingell, said previously he suffered a hairline hip fracture from a fall he took earlier this month.

Dingell is retiring after 59 years from the House, where he cast more than 25,000 votes. His wife won the election in November to succeed him.

Dingell has had difficulty standing at times and has largely gotten around the U.S. Capitol on a motorized scooter. He did get to his feet unassisted last month to accept the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama.

cwilliams@detroitnews.com(313) 222-2311

Detroit News Staff Writer David Shepardson contributed.