On Tuesday, House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-LA) announced that he is undergoing treatment for multiple myeloma, a kind of blood cancer.
In a post on X, the senior Republican legislator revealed that he had been diagnosed with the condition.
After a few days of not feeling like myself this past week, I had some blood work done. The results uncovered some irregularities and after undergoing additional tests, I was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, a very treatable blood cancer.
I have now begun treatment, which will…
— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) August 29, 2023
“After a few days of not feeling like myself this past week, I had some blood work done. The results uncovered some irregularities and after undergoing additional tests, I was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, a very treatable blood cancer,” Scalise said.
“I have now begun treatment, which will continue for the next several months. I expect to work through this period and intend to return to Washington, continuing my work as Majority Leader and serving the people of Louisiana’s First Congressional District,” the congressman added.
“I am incredibly grateful we were able to detect this early and that this cancer is treatable,” Scalise continued. “I am thankful for my excellent medical team, and with the help of God, support of my family, friends, colleagues, and constituents, I will tackle this with the same strength and energy as I have tackled past challenges.”
Scalise, 57, was first elected to the House in 2008 after spending more than a decade in the Louisiana State Legislature.
The congressman was critically injured in the summer of 2017 from a gunshot at a congressional baseball practice, but he recovered, continued serving in Congress, and even participated in future Congressional Baseball Games.
Scalise received an outpouring of sympathy from fellow legislators and others on X after announcing his cancer diagnosis on Tuesday.
“There is no stronger fighter than [Scalise],” said House Republican Conference Chairwoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY). “Steve is as tough and kind as they come, and he has beaten so many unbeatable odds. The Legend from Louisiana is beloved by his colleagues and America and we know he will fight this next battle with that same resolve. We are proud to stand by to support Steve and his family as they embrace strength and faith in this next challenge.”
Scalise “is a fighter and a great American. We know you can beat this and we are praying for your full and quick recovery!” said Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel.
“Please join me in praying for my friend, Congressman [Scalise]. We know he’s tough and will fight this disease just as he’s fought for the people of Louisiana,” said Louisiana Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin.
Best wishes to Rep. Scalise and his family during these challenging times.