Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Announces Pancreatic Cancer Diagnosis, Affirms Commitment to Constituents


House Judiciary Crime and Federal Government Surveillance Subcommittee Ranking Member Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, delivers opening statements during a hearing on oversight of the Drug Enforcement Administration, July 27, 2023, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Lee says she has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and is undergoing treatment. The Texas Democrat is seeking a 16th term and said late Sunday, June 2, 2024 that she's confident that doctors have developed a strong plan to target her disease. (AP Photo/Stephanie Scarbrough, File)
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Longtime U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee announced her diagnosis of pancreatic cancer and ongoing treatment. The Texas Democrat, who is seeking a 16th term, stated late Sunday, “I am confident that my doctors have developed the best possible plan to target my specific disease. The road ahead will not be easy, but I stand in faith that God will strengthen me.”

Acknowledging that her treatment may cause occasional absences from Congress, she assured that her office will continue to serve constituents and that she remains committed to working with congressional leadership to be present for votes.

Jackson Lee, who first took office in 1995, won the Democratic nomination in March, shortly after losing a bid to become Houston’s mayor. Her district includes downtown Houston and some of the city’s historically Black neighborhoods.

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