John Dingell has 'entered new phase,' says wife, who asks for prayers


Former Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.) has "entered a new phase," according to his wife, Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), who on Wednesday asked supporters for "prayers and privacy."

"Friends and colleagues know me and know I would be in Washington right now unless something was up," Dingell tweeted. "I am home with John and we have entered a new phase. He is my love and we have been a team for nearly 40 years."

"I will be taking each day as it comes," she added. "We thank people for their friendship and support and ask for prayers and privacy during this difficult time." 

John Dingell, 92, who retired in early 2015 as the longest-serving member of Congress, has been in failing health.

In September, the former congressman suffered a heart attack and was hospitalized for a week.

Dingell's wife Debbie replaced him in Michigan’s 12th District.

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