Sen. John Boozman recovering from heart surgery

Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark.
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Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., is recovering from heart surgery in Rogers, Ark., Tuesday, his office said.

The 63-year-old Boozman was hospitalized overnight after suffering pain in his chest and arm. Doctors ran several tests and decided to perform heart surgery. He responded well to the procedure, according to his office.

"Boozman's family has visited with him and are hopeful for a full recovery. The family is appreciative of the thoughts and prayers from well-wishers," a press release said. It also asked for privacy for the family.

The senator was attending events in his home state during the ongoing two-week congressional recess.

"We're glad to hear that John is doing well and we all look forward to having him back at work. He is a fantastic senator and a tireless advocate for Arkansas and the people he so proudly represents," Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said in a statement.

  • Rebecca Kaplan

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