Sen. John Fetterman was released on Friday from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after having received treatment for clinical depression for six weeks. The lawmaker has had a troubled history as far as his health is concerned, but it appears he is ready to get back in the saddle.
The senator released a statement indicating that he is excited to get back to work. “I am so happy to be home,” he wrote. “I’m excited to be the father and husband I want to be, and the senator Pennsylvania deserves. Pennsylvanians have always had my back, and I will always have theirs.”
The statement continued:
I am extremely grateful to the incredible team at Walter Reed. The care they provided changed my life. I will have more to say about this soon, but for now I want everyone to know that depression is treatable, and treatment works. This isn’t about politics — right now there are people who are suffering with depression in red counties and blue counties. If you need help, please get help.
I am so happy to be home. I’m excited to be the father and husband I want to be, and the senator Pennsylvania deserves.
Pennsylvanians have always had my back, and I will always have theirs. pic.twitter.com/mNrPOp08rB
— Senator John Fetterman (@SenFettermanPA) March 31, 2023
Fetterman checked himself into Walter Reed in February, seeking treatment for clinical depression. Adam Jentleson, the lawmaker’s chief of staff, told reporters that the senator had suffered from depression “off and on throughout his life” and that his condition had worsened in the weeks before he checked himself into the hospital.
This development comes after weeks of speculation from the media. Republicans questioned if Fetterman would be fit for office after having also suffered a stroke in 2022 and exhibiting cognitive issues. Earlier this week, a source told reporters that he would be returning to the Senate after its upcoming, two week recess.
Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) said that after meeting with his colleague on Tuesday, it was “remarkable how good he looked, how good he sounded” and predicted that “he’ll be in better shape than he was even before his stroke.”
The senator plans to spend time with his family before returning to the legislature after the recess has concluded.
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