House Majority Leader Steve Scalise, R-La., said he’s been diagnosed with a “very treatable blood cancer” for which he has begun treatment.
Scalise said he had blood work done after “a few days of not feeling like myself this past week. “
The results revealed some irregularities, and after undergoing further tests, I was diagnose with Multiple Myeloma – a very treatable cancer of the blood. “I’ve started treatment and will continue it for several months. Scalise is a popular politician from Louisiana. He represents the 1st Congressional district. In 2008, he won a special election in Louisiana to replace Bobby Jindal who had been elected Governor. His career took off in 2012 when he became chairman of the influential Republican Study Group. He beat Rep. Tom Graves, R-Ga., who had been unanimously recommended by the group’s founders prior to the election.
Scalise had a close call in June 2017 when he was shot by a gunman in Alexandria, Va., as the then-House majority whip was playing second base, his normal position on the congressional baseball team. The gunman who shot Scalise in June 2017 died. That incident led to a long road to recovery: Scalise underwent multiple surgeries and blood transfusions after the bullet that struck his left hip traveled across his pelvis, fracturing bones, injuring internal organs, and causing severe bleeding.
Scalise, the House’s second-highest ranking Republican, is married and has two children.