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U.S. Sen. Luján hospitalized after stroke

By: - February 1, 2022 4:05 pm

U.S. Sen. Ben Ray Luján, D-NM, in this file photo from June 30, 2020, delivers remarks during a news conference outside the U.S. Capitol. At the time, Luján was a member of the U.S. House. (Photo by Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images)

U.S. Sen. Ben Ray Luján has been hospitalized after a stroke, his Senate chief of staff said Tuesday.

Luján, a New Mexico Democrat, checked himself into Santa Fe’s Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center after feeling dizzy and fatigued early Thursday, Chief of Staff Carlos Sanchez said in a statement.

He was then transferred to University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque for further evaluation.

Doctors there found he suffered a stroke, and he underwent decompressive surgery to ease swelling, Sanchez said.

Luján, 49, remained at UNM Hospital as of Tuesday afternoon.

“He is currently being cared for at UNM Hospital, resting comfortably, and expected to make a full recovery,” Sanchez said.

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Jacob Fischler
Jacob Fischler

Jacob covers federal policy as a senior reporter for States Newsroom. Based in Oregon, he focuses on Western issues. His coverage areas include climate, energy development, public lands and infrastructure.