Utah Rep. Rob Bishop hospitalized in DC after suffering mild stroke

Utah Rep. Rob Bishop hospitalized in DC after suffering mild stroke

(Steve Griffin, KSL)

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SALT LAKE CITY — Rep. Rob Bishop missed a key vote Tuesday on the National Defense Authorization Act after suffering a mild stroke Monday night.

The Utah Republican remains at George Washington University Hospital and told KSL Newsradio's Lee Lonsberry, host of "Live Mic," that he had blurry vision, trouble with his balance and pain on his right side.

"When it was happening to me, I didn't know what was happening," Bishop said.

He reported losing some maneuverability on his right side and will do some physical therapy, adding he is hopeful he will make a full recovery in a matter of weeks.

"I don't think I am going to have lasting results," he said.

Bishop said he regrets missing the vote on the National Defense Authorization Act.

"That is the reason I am back here," he said, detailing key provisions within the bill that address funding critical programs at Hill Air Force Base that include the F-35, more money to hire veterans and additional spending for the ground-based missile deterrent system.

"We came out of this with great wins," Bishop said.

He does not want people to go "overboard" regarding the news of his stroke, he said, but he did emphasize the warning signs are important to pay attention to and risk factors — such as high cholesterol like he has — have to be taken seriously.

The eight-term congressman and former high school history teacher announced earlier this year he would not seek to retain his seat in Washington.

Republican Blake Moore was elected to replace him in the 1st Congressional District.

Chase Christiansen, Moore's deputy chief of staff, said the incoming congressman has been in touch with Bishop.

"Blake has reached out privately and wished him a speedy recovery. When Congressman Bishop was interviewed, he said he would make a full recovery, and we have no doubt he will!"

Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, reacted to the news on social media.

"Sending best wishes to my friend Rob Bishop," he posted on Twitter. "Ann and I wish him a speedy and full recovery."

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