Alaska lawmaker plans return next week after medical issue
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska lawmaker says she plans to return to Juneau next week after suffering complications from a pulmonary embolism.
Democratic state Rep. Ivy Spohnholz of Anchorage says in a Facebook post that she’s out of the hospital and resting at home. She says she plans to return to Juneau next Monday.
Spohnholz is part of a House majority coalition that has been short-handed since Democrat Zach Fansler resigned last month, bringing the coalition’s majority in the 40-member House to a razor-thin 21 members.
Fansler’s replacement, Tiffany Zulkosky, is expected to be sworn in this week.
House Speaker Bryce Edgmon said Monday that Reps. John Lincoln and Dan Ortiz (ohr-TEZ’) were out with the flu. Ortiz participated in a House Finance Committee debate on budget amendments by phone.