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Rep. Dingell ‘getting better’ in hospital on Christmas

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

U.S. Rep. John Dingell might have spent Christmas in the hospital, but he seemed happy on the holiday.

His wife, Debbie Dingell, posted a picture on her Facebook page Thursday of the 88-year-old Dearborn Democrat, beaming and flashing a thumbs-up. A mitten-shaped balloon with the message “Warm Wishes” was attached to his wheelchair.

“Not a traditional dream for Christmas, but he's getting better and I am grateful to all that are willing to work this holiday to help those in need. Merry Christmas to all!!!!!” Debbie Dingell wrote.

John Dingell, the longest-serving member of Congress in history, has been hospitalized at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C. His wife has said he suffered a hairline hip fracture from a fall 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.

Last week, federal, state, and local officials officially opened Dearborn’s new train station, dedicating the $28.2 million, 16,000-square-foot facility named for him.