John Boozman returns to Washington after heart surgery


In this Sept. 25, 2013 file photo, Sen. John Boozman (R-Ark.) leaves the Senate floor at the U.S. Capitol. (AP/Scott Applewhite.)

Sen. John Boozman (R-Ark.) is back in Washington resuming his official duties after emergency heart surgery in late April.

The first-term senator marked his return Monday morning via Twitter and Instagram:

The 63-year-old suffered an aortic aneurysm, or a bulge or "ballooning" in the walls of an artery, and underwent emergency surgery in late April. He had not cast a vote in the U.S. Senate or been in Washington since and skipped his own annual fish fry fundraiser last week. Despite the absence, aides insisted he would be back in Washington soon.

Ed O’Keefe is covering the 2016 presidential campaign, with a focus on Jeb Bush and other Republican candidates. He's covered presidential and congressional politics since 2008. Off the trail, he's covered Capitol Hill, federal agencies and the federal workforce, and spent a brief time covering the war in Iraq.

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