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Rep. Mark Pocan returning to work after surgery

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin Rep. Mark Pocan is returning to Washington eight weeks after having triple bypass surgery.

The 53-year-old Democrat said Wednesday that he's lost 15 pounds since the pre-emptive surgery. The congressman underwent the surgery in Madison after tests revealed he had severe blockage in three arteries. Pocan plans to fly back to Washington next week.

"Eight weeks ago today I had a triple bypass," said Pocan. "Since then, I've been recovering going to cardiac therapy, feeling really, really good, so get back to Washington, hopefully we'll have more bipartisan things happening than happened in 2017, I'm not going to bet my health on that."

He says he began jogging on Wednesday as part of his rehabilitation program and feels "really good." He initially went in for heart tests after feeling ill following a workout last fall.

Pocan is in his third term representing the southern Wisconsin district that includes Madison.

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