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Dingell's Condition Improving at Washington Hospital

Dingell is on the mend at a Washington hospital. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Retiring Rep. John D. Dingell, hospitalized last week after a hip fracture, will likely spend the holidays at George Washington University Hospital recuperating, according to a Facebook update from the congressman's wife.  

The 88-year-old Michigan Democrat, the nation's longest-serving congressman ever (he took office in 1955), is "making steady progress and is far better than when he was admitted," Debbie Dingell wrote Tuesday. Dingell, who will succeed her husband in the 114th Congress in January, said the Dean of the House is likely to remain at George Washington for another two to three weeks.  

"His wit, wisdom and, yes, his twitter capability, remain strong," she writes. "He is charming all the nurses and most of the doctors as well. Last night we worked on his annual holiday poem, which he will share soon. "It will be a different kind of holiday for us this year which leads to a little reflection. We are lucky and thankful to have so many good people in our lives.  For that John and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts."    

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