Sen. John Boozman’s office released the following statement this morning:

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) is undergoing surgery at an Arkansas hospital and is receiving excellent care.

Additional updates will be provided by his Senate office once more information is available. Please direct any questions to his official office and respect the family’s privacy at this time.

KFSM reports that Boozman, 63, was undergoing emergency heart surgery at Mercy Hospital in Rogers. He had been scheduled to speak Tuesday morning in Gravette for the opening of the first stretch of the Bella Vista Bypass.


The news was followed by a note from his colleague, Mark Pryor:

U.S. Senator Mark Pryor today released the following statement regarding news of Senator John Boozman’s surgery:

I’m fortunate to call Senator Boozman a good friend and trusted colleague. Today, I lift up his wife, Cathy, his three daughters, and their family and friends in prayer. On behalf of all Arkansans, I’d like to wish Senator Boozman a speedy recovery.

Other colleagues, including Tim Griffin and Tom Cotton, also issued best wishes statement in public appearances and Twitter posts.


UPDATE: At mid-afternoon, KNWA posted this update from Boozman’s staffe:

U.S. Sen. John Boozman (R-AR) is in recovery following heart surgery in Rogers, Arkansas.

Boozman, 63, was taken to the hospital overnight after suffering from pain in his chest and arm. After running several tests, doctors admitted Boozman and performed heart surgery today.

Doctors say he responded well to the surgery and are monitoring his recovery. Boozman’s family has visited with him and are hopeful for a full recovery. The family is appreciative of the thoughts and prayers from well-wishers.