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John Boozman

John Boozman Undergoes Emergency Heart Surgery

by Paul Gatling

U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-Arkansas) is recovering in a Rogers hospital after undergoing heart surgery Tuesday morning.

Boozman, 63, was taken to the Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas emergency room by ambulance. He was scheduled to speak Tuesday morning in Gravette to commemorate the opening of the first stretch of the Bella Vista Bypass. A ribbon cutting is scheduled at approximately 10:30 a.m. at the intersection of Highway 72 and the new roadway just west of Hiwasse. 

A source told the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal that the surgery was uneventful and Boozman is expected to make a full recovery. A spokesman from Boozman's office in Washington D.C. said the senator is "receiving excellent care."

A brief news release from Boozman's office read: "Additional updates will be provided by his Senate office once more information is available. Please direct any questions to his official office and respect the family’s privacy at this time."

After serving Arkansas’ Third District for five terms, Boozman was sworn in as U.S. Senator in January 2011.

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