Sen. Egan undergoes successful surgery in Seattle

Posted: Friday, October 29, 2010

Juneau Sen. Dennis Egan's office announced Thursday that he had undergone successful heart surgery in Seattle Thursday morning and was recovering well and looking forward to returning to work as soon as possible.

Egan, currently running unopposed for election to his first full term representing Senate District B, doesn't have a scheduled date to return, said Jesse Kiehl, an aide to the Democratic senator.

"He's recovering well, and they expect no further problems," he said.

Kiehl said Egan felt discomfort Wednesday, went to Bartlett Regional Hospital. He was sent to Seattle that same day, and underwent surgery at Virginia Mason Hospital early Thursday morning.

Egan was appointed to the Juneau Senate seat by then-Gov. Sarah Palin in 2009 following the resignation of former Sen. Kim Elton to take a position in the Obama administration. Egan's appointment came after Senate Democrats blocked Palin's attempts to first appoint two Juneau residents who had recently been registered as Republicans to the seat.

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