Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), who suffered a stroke earlier this year, plans to return to the Senate on Jan. 3, his office confirmed Thursday.

Kirk, a freshman senator elected in 2010, has been recovering in Chicago since suffering the stroke in January.

News of Kirk’s return was first reported by the Chicago Tribune.

Though aides said the details of his return are still being worked out, people familiar with his plans said he expects to walk up the steps of the U.S. Capitol on the 3rd as a symbolic gesture of his return and to demonstrate his recovery and continued fitness for office.

Kirk’s office has remained operational since the stroke and has released photos and videos of his ongoing recovery.