Wisconsin congressman returning to work after surgery

January 3, 2018

Wisconsin Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Black Earth, pictured in Madison, Wis., Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018, is preparing to return to Washington, D.C. after recovering from triple bypass heart surgery. (Mark Sommerhauser/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Rep. Mark Pocan is returning to Washington eight weeks after having triple bypass surgery.

The 53-year-old Democrat said Wednesday that he’s lost 15 pounds since the pre-emptive surgery. The congressman underwent the surgery in Madison after tests revealed he had severe blockage in three arteries. Pocan plans to fly back to Washington next week.

He says he began jogging on Wednesday as part of his rehabilitation program and feels “really good.” He initially went in for heart tests after feeling ill following a workout last fall.

Pocan is in his third term representing the southern Wisconsin district that includes Madison.

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