Democratic Sen. Pat Leahy to return to Senate after hospital stay

The most senior member of the Senate, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), was recently released from the hospital earlier this week and will continue to recover from hip replacement surgery at home.

According to a report by The Washington Examiner, the senator plans to return to the Senate as soon as possible, but no exact date has been offered.

The Vermont Democrat, 82, fell in his house last week and broke his hip. When the Senate reconvenes later this month, Leahy’s office did not indicate if he would be sufficiently recovered to do his duties. Additionally, his absence can have an impact on voting given that Democrats and Republicans are split equally.

“He has been discharged as an inpatient and has now transitioned to rehabilitation, where he will continue to recover and focus on his physical therapy regimen,” Leahy’s office said in a statement.

“Patrick and Marcelle deeply appreciate the outpouring of concern and support from family, friends, colleagues, and supporters. They have been overwhelmed with that warmth and would like everyone to know that they will respond in good time, but for now, they are focusing on the physical therapy, which is so important in the first weeks of recovery.”

A previous statement from Lehey’s office said that the senator would “undergo surgery to repair a broken hip that he suffered as a result from a fall at his house in McLean, Virginia, Wednesday night.

“Having been born blind in one eye, the Senator has had a lifelong struggle with reduced depth perception. He has taken some remarkable dingers over the years but this one finally caught up with him. His doctors determined that the best course of action would be to have surgery to repair his hip as soon as possible. He is expected to make a full recovery and begin a healthy course of physical therapy immediately.”

After serving in his position since 1974, Leahy will step down at the end of the current term. He is third in line to become president after the vice president and speaker of the House because he serves as the Senate’s pro tempore president.