Congressman Dingell Hospitalized
Mere days after being ousted as chairman of the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee, veteran lawmaker Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.) has been hospitalized.
(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
The 82-year-old congressman was experiencing "some discomfort," according to a statement released by his office. Aides didn't elaborate on what type of discomfort or whether it may be related to the knee-replacement surgery he had just before Election Day.
Dingell was working in his office on Capitol Hill when the incident occurred and he was taken to an area hospital. It's unclear if he was taken by ambulance or by car.
"As a precautionary measure he was admitted to the hospital," his spokesman, Adam Benson, said in the statement. "The Congressman is fully conscious and was joking with his staff from his cell phone while en route to the hospital. The Congressman expects to be back to work for the people of Michigan in about a day or so."
News of the 26-term Democrat's medical situation, first reported by the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call, comes a week after a majority of his colleagues in the House Democratic Caucus voted to replace Dingell as chairman of the Energy and Commerce panel with Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.).
Mary Ann Akers
November 25, 2008; 4:50 PM ET
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