Rep. Mark DeSauliner’s medical condition has worsened and the Tri-Valley congressman is now listed in critical condition in a Washington, D.C, area hospital, his chief of staff announced on Saturday afternoon.
“Unfortunately, Congressman DeSaulnier’s condition has deteriorated and he is in critical condition. The doctors are doing everything they can to care for the Congressman. Mark’s family and staff appreciate your thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time,” chief of staff Betsy Arnold Marr said in a statement to the media.
DeSaulnier, a 67-year-old Democrat from Concord whose district includes Danville and Alamo, has been hospitalized since March 13 to treat complications of pneumonia brought on by a traumatic rib fracture after he fell during a run, according to Arnold Marr.
He was originally listed in serious but stable condition, and his congressional office later confirmed he had tested negative for the novel coronavirus on March 16.
But Arnold Marr said Saturday that DeSaulnier’s condition had destabilized to the point that he was reclassified to critical condition. No other specifics about the congressman’s health battle were confirmed.
DeSaulnier, who is seeking re-election this year to a fourth term for the 11th Congressional District, is also a cancer survivor after having been treated for chronic lymphocytic leukemia during his first term in 2015 and 2016.
He has nearly 30 years of public service experience in Contra Costa County, starting in the Concord City Council before moving to the county's Board of Supervisors and later the California State Assembly. He was in his sixth year as a state senator when District 11 voters elected him as their new congressperson in November 2014.