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Rep. DeSaulnier’s condition worsens, now in listed as critical in hospital

Tri-Valley congressman battling pneumonia in DC after serious fall

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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.

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19 people like this
Posted by Terry Byrnes
a resident of Walnut Creek
on Mar 22, 2020 at 10:03 am

Sending love and prayers for our dear dedicated public servant and friend Congressman Mark DeSaulnier. You’ve pulled before, we are with you now and would love you to make it through again. Peace to you and your family. Thank you to you and your family for all you do for us and our country.

2 people like this
Posted by Judi
a resident of San Ramon
on Mar 23, 2020 at 10:20 am

One less vote for Pelosi (turning 80 on Thursday) to BLOCK the financial help President Trump NEEDS to help AMERICANS.

4 people like this
Posted by J.J.
a resident of Danville
on Mar 23, 2020 at 1:55 pm

Judi, not a fan of Pelosi, but you need to remove your blinders. Financial obstacle was due to money going to corporations who have been sitting on cash, as posed to money going just to the people.

10 people like this
Posted by smk
a resident of Danville
on Mar 24, 2020 at 9:45 am

I believe someone who is suffering needs our prayers. This is not a time nor situation to exchange opinions about Nancy Pelosi.

7 people like this
Posted by Diane
a resident of Danville
on Mar 24, 2020 at 1:48 pm

Sending prayers to Congressman DeSaulnier and those who love him, as well as the medical staff who are caring for him.

FYI, reported "Judi's" inappropriate comment to editors. Hopefully they will respond soon.

3 people like this
Posted by Penny J
a resident of Walnut Creek
on Mar 24, 2020 at 10:36 pm

Dear Congressman DeSaulnier,
Please know you are surrounded by loving-caring thoughts, prayers, and heartfelt wishes that, each day, bring you renewed strength and ever closer to the best of health and brighter times.
From one of your countless extremely grateful constituents.

1 person likes this
Posted by Roz Rogoff
a resident of San Ramon
on Mar 25, 2020 at 11:19 am

I met Congressman DeSaulnier a few years ago and found him to be very accessible and easy to talk to. He's represented this region well in Congress and isn't a political ideologue. I wish him well and hope he makes a full recovery, and if he needs to retire from the stresses of Congress, I hope he leaves all of the political BS behind and comes back home to a warm welcome.


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