Mar 6, 2023 - Politics & Policy

Fetterman aide gives hospital update: "He'll be back soon"

Senator John Fetterman in a crowd.

Sen. John Fetterman (D-Pa.) walks through the Statuary Hall of the U.S. Capitol prior to President Biden’s State of the Union address in the House Chamber of the U.S. Capitol on Feb. 7. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Sen. John Fetterman (D-Pa.) had a "productive morning" Monday discussing rail safety legislation from the hospital where he's been receiving treatment for clinical depression, his chief of staff said.

Driving the news: "John is well on his way to recovery and wanted me to say how grateful he is for all the well wishes," said Adam Jentleson in a Twitter post that included photos of the senator. "He's laser focused on PA & will be back soon."

John Fetterman spokesperson Adam Jentleson/Twitter

Context: Fetterman is a co-sponsor of bipartisan rail safety legislation introduced last week with the aim of promoting rail safety in the aftermath of the East Palestine, Ohio, train derailment.

The big picture: Fetterman checked himself in to Walter Reed Medical Center on Feb. 15 to receive inpatient care on a voluntary basis.

What they're saying: His wife, Gisele Barreto Fetterman, noted as she retweeted Jentleson's Twitter post Monday that society's "expectations and traditional gender roles play a part in why men are less likely to discuss or seek help" for their mental health.

  • "As always, John continues to challenge the conversation," she added.
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