Sen. Mark Kirk Has a Stroke
Illinois Republican who won Barack Obama's seat hospitalized
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 23, 2012 11:36 AM CST
Mark Kirk talks to the media on Capitol Hill in Washington. Kirk's office says he has suffered a stroke, and is undergoing surgery.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

(Newser) – The Republican who replaced Barack Obama in the US Senate underwent surgery today, after suffering a stroke this weekend, his office has revealed. Mark Kirk, 52, is currently recovering in Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, the Chicago Tribune reports. "Due to his young age, good health, and the nature of the stroke, doctors are very confident in the Senator's recovery," his office said in a sparse statement.