Mar 3, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Luján returns to Senate after suffering stroke

Senator Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) speaks during the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington,DC on July 20, 2021.

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Sen. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) returned to the U.S. Senate on Thursday, a little over a month after suffering a stroke.

Driving the news: Luján received a standing ovation during a Senate Commerce Committee hearing, saying, "It's an absolute honor to be back."

  • "To everyone that sent me notes, that sent videos and all the prayers, it worked and it's good to be back, I'll tell you, I missed y'all," he added.

Catch up quick: Luján suffered a stroke in January and was treated at the University of New Mexico Hospital.

  • Luján's office said last month that the New Mexico senator was expected to make a full recovery and return "in just a few short weeks" to vote on President Biden's Supreme Court nominee.

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