Texas Rep. Vicente Gonzalez fractures again after 12-foot fall at house

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Rep. Vicente Gonzalez, D-Texas, fractured elements of his decrease again after taking a fall whereas working from house final week, his workplace mentioned Monday.

Gonzalez, whose district covers elements of the U.S.-Mexico border together with the outskirts of San Antonio, fell roughly 12 ft whereas working round his house in McAllen, the assertion mentioned. He was taken to the close by hospital the place medical doctors found he had sustained fractures in his decrease again.

Gonzalez’s press secretary Jason Johnson mentioned that he has been ordered to stay in mattress for 4 to 6 weeks whereas he recovers, however added that the Democratic congressman will proceed working all through his convalescence.

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“Congressman Gonzalez will proceed working from house,” Johnson mentioned in an announcement. “He’ll make an announcement within the close to future on what transpired.”

Gonzalez joined Congress in 2017 after defeating Republican Tim Westley within the November common election, 57.three p.c to Westley’s 37.7 p.c. He has been identified in his brief time within the decrease chamber of Congress to work throughout occasion strains – being the primary Texas Democrat and first Latino in Congress to be invited by President Trump to a non-public dinner on the White Home and was considered one of seven Democratic lawmakers to fulfill with Trump to place an finish to the longest federal authorities shutdown in U.S. historical past final January.

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He additionally has change into a key determine in overseas coverage – becoming a member of within the U.S. delegation to the inauguration of Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and assembly with world leaders from Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

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