Ind. House Speaker Brian Bosma to miss week of work after knee surgery

Doctors find infection in replaced knee

INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma will miss at least a week of work after undergoing emergency knee surgery.

Doctors discovered Monday that Bosma, R-Indianapolis, had developed an infection in the knee he had replaced last summer and required immediate surgery.

House Republicans said the speaker is recovering now and plans to return to work either late next week or early the following week.

"The speaker remains in high spirits, and has a tremendous support system, including his fellow leaders in the House and Senate. Please keep him and his family in your thoughts and prayers as he enters his road to recovery," the House Republican caucus said in a news release Tuesday.

Gov. Mike Pence issued a statement in support of Bosma.

"Karen and I were concerned to learn of Speaker Bosma's condition and are praying for a successful surgery and swift recovery," Pence said. "Speaker Bosma is a leader we deeply respect and a personal friend, and we look forward to his return to serving Hoosiers in the coming days." 

Indiana's current four-month, budget-writing legislative session is scheduled to end by April 29.

The House is currently finalizing its work on bills that have already passed the Senate, and the last weeks of the session will be spent in joint House-Senate conference committees, hammering out the two chambers' differences on key bills.

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