Lawmaker Back at Work After Lung Surgery

Lawmaker Back at Work After Lung Surgery

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Senate Minority Leader Mike Dmitrich has returned to work after emergency surgery removed a third of his lung.

The state's longest-serving legislator receive a standing ovation from his fellow senators on his return Friday.

The Price Democrat says there would be no more treatments, and the only lasting effect of the surgery would be temporarily altering his golf swing.

The surgery that removed a good portion of his left lung was performed January 14th, just three days before the start of the legislative session.

He was rushed to surgery after a growth was discovered.

Dmitrich has been in office continuously since his first election to the House in 1968.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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