Updated Dec 28, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Rep. Jamie Raskin announces cancer diagnosis

Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) at the U.S. Capitol Building on Dec. 23, 2022 in Washington, DC. Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) announced Wednesday that he has been diagnosed with cancer.

Driving the news: The Maryland lawmaker said in a statement that he has Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma, a "serious but curable form of cancer."

  • Raskin added that he's about to embark on a course of chemo-immunotherapy and that the prognosis for most people in his situation is "excellent after four months of treatment."

What he's saying: "I expect to be able to work through this period but have been cautioned by my doctors to reduce unnecessary exposure to avoid COVID-19, the flu and other viruses," he said.

  • "With the benefit of early detection and fine doctors, the help of my extraordinary staff, the love of Sarah and our daughters and sons-in-law (actual and to-be) and family and friends, and the support of my beloved constituents and my colleagues in the House, I plan to get through this and, in the meantime, to keep making progress every day in Congress for American democracy."

Of note: Raskin was elected as a ranking member on the House Oversight Committee last week.

  • The job comes with a hefty mandate, including leading the defense against a number of planned Republican investigations into the Biden administration, Axios' Andrew Solender writes.
  • The congressman gained national prominence for his role in the second impeachment of former President Trump as well as for his work as a member of the Jan. 6 committee.

Editor's note: This story has been updated with additional details.

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