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John Dingell To Undergo Surgery To Correct Source Of Abnormal Heart Rhythm

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Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich. is celebrated by friends and colleagues on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, June 7, 2013, as he becomes the longest-serving member of Congress in history with his 20,997th day as a representative. A former chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, Dingell, now 86, says he has no plans to retire as the representative of Michigan's 12th District that includes Dearborn and Ypsilanti. Rep. Dingell recalled wisdom passed on by his late father, Congressman John D. Di | ASSOCIATED PRESS

Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.) will undergo surgery Thursday to correct the source of an abnormal heart rhythm, the Detroit Free Press and the Detroit News report.

According to the Free Press, the surgery is a minimally invasive procedure that will be completed at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.

“He recently developed atrial fibrillation, and the procedure will seek to find the source of the abnormal heart rhythm and correct it,” a release said, according to the Free Press. “He is expected to stay in the hospital overnight and be released Friday.”

Dingell recently announced he would retire from Congress after 59 years. He is the longest-serving member of Congress in U.S. history, having first taken office on Dec. 13, 1955, at the age of 29.

"I’m not going to be carried out feet first," he said. "I don’t want people to say I stayed too long."

In February, Dingell's wife Debbie announced she would run for her husband's seat.

UPDATE -- 1:18 p.m.: Roll Call reports Dingell is now "resting comfortably," according to his office.

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