Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson is returning to his home state of South Dakota for the first time since suffering a life-threatening brain hemorrhage eight months ago.
The senator has been recovering at hospitals and in his Fairfax, Va., home and has not appeared in public since he fell ill. He will travel to South Dakota this month and is expected to return to the Senate in September. Mr. Johnson has been undergoing speech therapy and is expected to use a scooter to get around in the Capitol.
In a statement released by his of- fice, Mr. Johnson said his doctors have cleared him for travel, the Associated Press reports.
“I know my return has taken longer than some people have liked — count me among them,” he said in the statement. “But I learned early on in this journey the importance and necessity of relying on the advice and counsel of those doctors, nurses and therapists without whom my return would have been impossible.”