Outgoing Rep. Dingell undergoes heart procedure - WNEM TV 5

Outgoing Rep. Dingell undergoes heart procedure

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LANSING, MI (AP) -

U.S. Rep. John Dingell has undergone a procedure to correct an abnormal heart rhythm.

Henry Ford Hospital says the minimally invasive procedure was performed Thursday in Detroit to correct a condition called atrial flutter.

In a statement, the hospital says the 87-year-old Dearborn Democrat "is in good spirits, resting comfortably and is expected to be released" Friday.

Dingell spokesman Christopher Schuler says the congressman "plans to return to work as Congress reconvenes" March 24 and will have a light workload during the time in between. The hospital says Dingell will continue on a medication regimen of blood thinners and arrhythmia medications.

Dingell said last month he will not seek re-election this year. He's the longest-serving congressman in history.

Dingell's wife, Debbie, is running for his Detroit-area seat.

Dingell announced last month that he will not run for re-election this year. He owns the longest congressional career in U.S. history.

Dingell is the longest serving member of Congress in U.S. history. He has spent 58 years in office, serving since December 13, 1955.

He has represented Michigan's 12th congressional district since 2013. The district stretches from Detroit's western suburbs to Ann Arbor.

Dingell has also served Michigan's 15th and 16th congressional districts. He also served as Chairman Emeritus of the House Energy and Commerce Committee from 2009-2011. Dingell was also Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee from 2007-2009.

Dingell won a special election back in 1955 when his father, John Sr., passed away. He has been elected 29 times.

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