Sen. Mark Kirk undergoes successful gall bladder surgery

December 9, 2013
Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) had complained of stomach pains over the weekend. (By Brian Kersey/Getty Images)
Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) had complained of stomach pains over the weekend. (By Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) underwent successful gall bladder surgery Monday morning after complaining of stomach pains over the weekend, his office said.

The senator was admitted to a hospital north of Chicago on Saturday complaining of stomach pains. Doctors determined that he had gallstones and that his gall bladder needed to be removed. He is expected to make a full recovery, according to a statement released by his office.

The surgery comes at the end of an eventful year for Kirk, who made an emotional return to the U.S. Senate in January after suffering a stroke in early 2011. He has maintained an active schedule since his return and remains on course to seek reelection in 2016, aides say.

Ed O’Keefe is a congressional reporter with The Washington Post and covered the 2008 and 2012 presidential and congressional elections.
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