Vermont Senator Pat Leahy Undergoes Emergency Surgery for Broken Hip
Senator Pat Leahy (D-VT), 82, is undergoing emergency surgery after falling and breaking his hip Wednesday night at his McLean, Virginia home, according to a statement issued by his office.
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This morning, Senator Leahy will undergo surgery to repair a broken hip that he suffered as a result from a fall at his house in McLean, Virginia, Wednesday night.
Having been born blind in one eye, the Senator has had a lifelong struggle with reduced depth perception. He has taken some remarkable dingers over the years but this one finally caught up with him.
His doctors determined that the best course of action would be to have surgery to repair his hip as soon as possible. He is expected to make a full recovery and begin a healthy course of physical therapy immediately.
Leahy, as President pro tempore of the Senate, is third in the line for the presidency following Kamala Harris and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).
Last year Leahy announced he would be retiring at the end of the current Congress after 48 years in the Senate. Leahy was first elected to the Senate in 1974.
Leahy’s absence leaves the 50-50 Senate down one Democrat. However the Senate is on a two week Fourth of July recess so no immediate effect is expected, providing Leahy’s recovery goes smoothly. The Democrats control the chamber thanks to Kamala Harris’ tiebreaking vote.
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