Rep. Jackie Speier undergoes surgery

Rep. Jackie Speier, a Democrat who represents much of the Peninsula, is recovering from surgery and will miss two weeks of votes, her office confirmed Thursday.

Speier, who has served in Congress since 2008, had outpatient surgery Thursday in California on her ankle to repair a torn tendon, said her spokeswoman Katrina Rill.

“It went well,” Rill said.

Speier, 68, is recuperating at home, Rill said, and won’t be in Washington, D.C. for awhile because she can’t fly until her ankle heals some.

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Speier represents California’s 14th congressional district, which runs from the southern part of San Francisco to East Palo Alto. The congresswoman has been a vocal critic of the Trump administration, most recently of the administration’s policy of separating migrant children from their parents at the U.S. border.

Prior to joining the U.S. House of Representatives, Speier served in the state Senate. In her late 20s while she was working as a staffer for then-Congressman Leo Ryan, Speier was shot during a trip to investigate allegations against cult leader Jim Jones in Jonestown, Guyana.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Politics


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