Buckner-Webb recovering from stroke

Senate Education Committee member Cherie Buckner-Webb was hospitalized last week with symptoms of a mild stroke, but she expects to be at work when the 2014 session begins on Jan. 6.

Sen. Cherie Buckner-Webb, D-Boise

Buckner-Webb, D-Boise, was hospitalized on Nov. 17 after her son, Phillip Thompson, recognized the stroke symptoms during a FaceTime chat on their iPhones. Thompson rushed to Buckner-Webb’s home and took her to the hospital.

“She’s doing quite well,” Thompson told Betsy Russell of the Spokane Spokesman-Review. “We had her to the hospital in no time flat. They kept her a few days. … She’s speaking much better now. Her strength’s pretty good. She’s just working through it now. Everybody expects a full recovery.”

“I will be standing tall as the legislative session begins,” Buckner-Webb told Russell.

Buckner-Webb is the second Senate Education Committee member to be hospitalized in the past few days. Coeur d’Alene Republican Bob Nonini is recovering from complications from the flu; he also expects to be at the Statehouse for the start of the session.


Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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