Go­ing home

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

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.”

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