Rep. Steve Scalise (R- La.) returned to Congress on Thursday, Sept. 8 after spending 15 weeks in recovery after he was critically wounded by a gunshot during a practice for the Congressional baseball game in Alexandria, V.A.
Scalise’s return was met with a standing ovation from his fellow members of the U.S. House of Representatives.
“I’m definitely a living example that miracles really do happen,” Scalise told the House chamber.
The outpouring of love, warmth, and prayer means so much to me. I am so glad to be back. pic.twitter.com/WWnj3USF6a
— Rep. Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) September 28, 2017
In June, gunman James T. Hodgkinson targeted Republican congress members as they prepared for the annual Congressional baseball game.
Scalise sustained a bullet wound to the hip and life threatening blood loss.
In his statement, Scalise thanked his security detail David Bailey and Crystal Griner, the capitol police officers who stopped the gunman.
Both officers also sustained gunshot wounds during the attack and were later awarded Medals of Valor from President Trump.
Scalise’s spokesperson told the Washington Post, the Congressman “will be resuming his work at the Capitol, while also completing an extended period of outpatient rehabilitation over the coming months.”