Senator, on the Mend, Returns to SD

Recovering after brain hemorrhage, Johnson to get back to work
By Colleen Barry,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 29, 2007 9:21 AM CDT
Senator Tim Johnson, D-S.D. delivers remarks to a crowd gathered at a welcome-home celebration as his family members stand-by on stage Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2007 in Sioux Falls, S.D. Johnson made his first...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Tim Johnson will be back in the Senate next week, and yesterday he returned to South Dakota to declare, "I am back!" What's more, in a series of interviews during his recovery from the brain hemorrhage that threw the control of the Senate into question, he told ABC's Bob Woodruff, "I expect to run and to win" in 2008.

His speech is still somewhat slow and his movement labored, but Johnson has made considerable progress. "He's ready to return to the Senate," says his speech therapist. "Cognitively, he's just fine," said his chief of staff. "I believe I have an unfair edge over most of my colleagues right now," Johnson quipped. "My mind works faster than my mouth does."