Minnesota congressman diagnosed with cancer

Minnesota congressman diagnosed with cancer
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Rep. Jim HagedornJames Lee HagedornMinnesota congressman diagnosed with cancer House GOP introduces bill to secure voter registration systems against foreign hacking DCCC unveils initial dozen candidates for 'Red to Blue' program MORE (R-Minn.) announced Wednesday that he has been diagnosed with cancer.

Hagedorn said in a statement that he was diagnosed with stage 4 kidney cancer in February 2019. The congressman also said he plans to run for reelection in 2020.

"Today, one year later, I am happy to say I feel great and continue to perform my job in Congress unimpeded. I have not missed even a single vote due to illness," he said

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"I will keep fighting cancer and fighting for America and the people of southern Minnesota,” he added.

The Minnesota Republican, elected in 2018, posted his statement on Twitter, saying he’s “feeling great” a year after the unexpected diagnosis during a physical examination.

“Hopefully my situation will help others realize that in today’s world of medical innovation, it is possible for folks fighting serious illness to live virtually normal lives, continue working their jobs and maintain hope for a bright future,” he said. 

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His doctor, Lance Pagliaro, said in a statement that the congressman "has responded well to immunotherapy, which has been key to his recovery.”

House Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneySelf-quarantined New York lawmaker: 'We should be in total lockdown' On The Money: Trump hopes to reopen economy by Easter | GOP senators expect stimulus vote on Wednesday | Democratic leaders forecast at least two more relief bills Trump triggers congressional debate with comments on reopening economy MORE (R-Wyo.) commended Hagedorn, saying he has the backing of colleagues on Capitol Hill. 

"It is totally in keeping with Jim's character and track record that he has been working so effectively while battling cancer at the same time," she said in a statement obtained by The Hill. "House Republicans are united in our full support for him and his family."

Hagedorn is not the only congressman diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. Rep. John LewisJohn LewisGeorgia makes it easier to get mail-in ballots after delaying primary Kennedy said DSCC prevented him from helping Democrats flip GOP seats Pelosi stands firm amid calls to close Capitol MORE (D-Ga.) announced in December that he has stage 4 pancreatic cancer.