Sen. Mark Kirk Makes Senate Return After Stroke
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WASHINGTON, Jan. 3, 2013 - Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., returned to the Senate today for the first time after suffering a major stroke nearly a year ago.
Kirk walked up the front steps with the assistance of Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-Va., before attending a swearing-in ceremony for new and re-elected senators.
Senate president pro tempore Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., told reporters Kirk was “extremely courageous” in making the return.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said he was “grateful for his return.”