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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.

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Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.) arrives at the House Democratic Caucus to elect leadership on Capitol Hill, Nov. 20, 2008. (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.).

By Mary Ann Akers  |  November 25, 2008; 4:50 PM ET
 
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Comments

Last stages of syphilis most likely.

Posted by: PercyKution | November 25, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Percy, how would you know?

Posted by: hairguy01 | November 25, 2008 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Let's hope Dingell feels better soon. He has served in Congress for a long time and has been a hard working dedicated public servant.

(Its hard to imagine what kind of lives some people must lead that they feel like launching into vicious personal attacks on the sick. The comments are not funny, not clever and highly offensive and inappropriate.)

Posted by: dcraven925 | November 25, 2008 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Rep. Dingell is one of the greatest legislators in American history. Regardless of whether one agrees with him on every issue, it cannot be denied by rational, well-informed people that Rep. Dingell has had an historically significant influence on public policy in this country over his long career in the House. He has contributed greatly in many ways. He deserves and has my respect, admiration, and best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Posted by: whfrank | November 25, 2008 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Oh good grief. It sounds like he is probably OK but anything is important when you are that old. He's in his 80's, that's reason enough to have some health problems.

Posted by: persimonix1 | November 25, 2008 10:41 PM | Report abuse

While I hope he regains his health, he's far from the saintly public servant. His long history of obstructing sound energy and automotive policy have had a huge part in our current crisis.
The best thing he should do for his health and the American people is retire. Losing his chairmanship should have been a sign.

Posted by: Smoke_Jaguar4 | November 25, 2008 11:09 PM | Report abuse

I agree, not a saint by any means. Bad knee or not, he is still accountable for his policies. His history of sponsorship of bills and legitimized attacks on wildlife puts his humane policies in the same class as Ms. Pallin.

Posted by: Veronica308 | November 26, 2008 9:01 AM | Report abuse

My prayers for Senator Dingell that he makes a speedy recovery from his knee replacement surgery.

Posted by: brendawilliams1952 | November 26, 2008 12:17 PM | Report abuse

SOME OF THESE POSTS SOUND LIKE FRANKEN IS ON THE LINE -- SO GROSS !!!IF YOU'RE LUCKY YOU MAY LIVE THAT LONG

DINGELL PROBABLY NEEDED A FEW DAYS REST AFTER GOING A ROUND OR TWO WITH PELOSI AND WAXMAN AND SOME OF THE OTHER PEOPLE THAT WERE SO ANXIOUS FOR HIM TO 'GIVE IN'....PEOPLE IN WASHINGTON AREN'T THE NICEST . AND PELOSI IS THE WORST...(LOTS OF PEOPLE ARE WAITING BREATHLESSLY FOR THE FIRST TIME SHE BUTTS HEADS WITH THE PRES-ELECT)...UNLESS THEY GET THEIR OWN WAY -- WHICH SOUNDS PRETTY MUCH LIKE THEY DID....ACTUALLY , WAXMAN IS NO "SPRING CHICKEN"!!!!!
I WISH DINGELL A QUICK RECOVERY ... AND THAT'S COMING FRROM A REPUBLICAN !!

Posted by: myworld | November 26, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

For a politician, losing power hurts. I hope Congressman Dingell a speedy recovery, however.

Posted by: janeyre | November 28, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

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