Horsford recovering from heart bypass surgery

WASHINGTON — Rep. Steven Horsford underwent heart bypass surgery Monday in a Washington-area hospital, his office said.

The nonelective operation was a success, and Horsford is beginning a recuperation that will take at least several weeks, according to a spokesman.

Horsford’s doctors “expect a full recovery and indicate, that after a few weeks of medically mandated recovery, he will be back to 100 percent,” according to a statement issued by his Washington office.

“While he is out on medical leave, Representative Horsford will be regularly briefed on congressional actions and his district and DC staff will be fully available to serve his constituents,” according to the statement.

Horsford, 40, was advised he needed to have the operation during a recent scheduled physical examination. The problem was derived from a “hereditary condition,” his office said.

No further details were immediately available about the heart condition that necessitated the surgery, nor further details about the surgery itself. A Horsford spokesman also could not say in which hospital the surgery was performed.

Horsford and his wife Sonya have three children.

Horsford, a Democrat, was elected in November to represent the newly created 4th Congressional District that includes parts of North Las Vegas, parts of rural Clark County, and all or part of six rural counties.

His recovery will take place as the House weighs immigration reform, an issue on which he has concentrated his efforts during the first six months in office.