A heart attack kept this state senator out for 2 weeks. She’s coming back

Rep. Maureen Walsh, R-16
Rep. Maureen Walsh, R-16

Sen. Maureen Walsh, R-Walla Walla, plans to return to the 2018 Legislature on Wednesday, two weeks after she had a heart attack and surgery.

Walsh, a former state representative who was elected to represent Washington’s 16th Legislative District in the Senate in 2016 when Mike Hewitt retired, was visiting Capital Medical Center in Olympia for chest pain on Jan. 30 when she suffered what her office described as a minor heart attack.

She was taken to UW Medical Center in Seattle, where she underwent a procedure to place two stents in partially blocked arteries.

She was excused from her legislative duties while she rested at home.

“I feel truly blessed that things went the way they did,” she said in a statement. “I owe my life to my partner, Jim, who rushed me to the hospital at 3 a.m.”

She praised her medical team and said she looks forward to returning to work.

She serves on the Senate Human Services Corrections comittee and the transportation committee.

Wendy Culverwell: 509-582-1514, @WendyCulverwell