May 28, 2022

New Mexico Senator hospitalized due to stroke plans to be back for Supreme Court vote

Sen. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) said on Sunday that he plans to make it back to the Senate in time to vote on President Joe Biden’s yet-to-be-announced nominee to the Supreme Court. 

According to The Hill the senator suffered a stroke earlier in the month and was hospitalized for treatment, but said in a recent tweet that he plans to make it back to the upper chamber of Congress for the important vote.

“Let me begin by expressing my thanks for the outpouring of support my family and I have received from across New Mexico and around America,” Luján said. 

“Your prayers, your words, your daily videos, your words of encouragement have been so reassuring and have given me a lot of strength,” the 49-year-old senator added, saying that he plans to return to Washington in “just a few short weeks.”

“I’m proud to report then I’ll be back on the floor of the United States Senate in just a few short weeks to vote on important legislation, and to consider a Supreme Court nominee,” Luján said. 

“New Mexicans can know they will have a voice and a vote during this process,” Luján added. “That has never changed.”

Luján’s chief of staff Carlos Sanchez said in a statement that the senator’s symptoms began with dizziness and fatigue, and he was later admitted to UNM Hospital in Albuquerque, N.M.

“Senator Luján was found to have suffered a stroke in the cerebellum, affecting his balance. As part of his treatment plan, he subsequently underwent decompressive surgery to ease swelling,” said Sanchez.

“Senator Luján looks forward to getting back to work for the people of New Mexico. At this time, he and his family would appreciate their privacy, and ask for your continued prayers and well wishes,” Sanchez said, with the top aide going on to say that they expect the senator to make a full recovery.

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