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Sen. John Boozman has emergency heart surgery

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Sen. John Boozman is recovering in an Arkansas hospital after undergoing emergency heart surgery Tuesday.

The senator's condition isn't considered life threatening, his office said.

"Doctors say he responded well to the surgery and are monitoring his recovery," Boozman spokesman Patrick Creamer said. "Boozman’s family has visited with him and are hopeful for a full recovery."

The senator, 63, was taken to a hospital in Rogers in northwest Arkansas overnight after suffering from pains in his chest and arm. After running tests, doctors admitted him and performed heart surgery in the morning.

"We're glad to hear that John is doing well and we all look forward to having him back at work," said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. "He is a fantastic senator and a tireless advocate for Arkansas and the people he so proudly represents."

The senator was scheduled to make several work-related appearances throughout Arkansas Tuesday.

Boozman was first elected to the Senate in 2010 and serves on the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee. He also is member of the agriculture, veterans affairs, and environment and public works panels.

The senator, an optometrist by trade, previously served in the House for more than nine years.

This story was originally published at 2:21 pm and since has been updated.

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