The older brother of former Vice President Mike Pence, Representative Greg Pence, R-Ind., is recovering from unscheduled heart surgery.
Pence was admitted to Columbus Regional Hospital after reporting chest pain last week. Following a medical procedure over the weekend, Pence was released and is now recovering at home with his family.
On Monday, Pence’s office released a statement regarding his condition and recovery. An excerpt reads:
“Congressman Greg Pence is recovering from a heart procedure over the weekend after experiencing minor chest discomfort. Congressman Pence is expected to make a full recovery from home with his wife Denise and family.”
The statement continued: “The Pence family is grateful to the entire Columbus Regional Hospital team for their exceptional care and professionalism.”
In a personal message, Pence shared the following medical advice:
“‘I want to take this opportunity to remind everyone to always seek medical attention when you aren’t feeling well. Cardiac care can’t wait. Doing nothing is simply not an option. I am extremely thankful to the doctors, nurses and staff at Columbus Regional Hospital for their proactive attention to keep my heart healthy.’”
Pence has represented Indiana’s 6th District since 2019.
Some speculate Pence’s heart problems were exacerbated by the Jan. 6 Select Committee hearings which were held last week. The hearings center on former President Donald Trump but peripherally involve his brother, former Vice President Mike Pence.
For his part, Greg Pence was near the turmoil and chaos the day the Capitol building was breached.
Though this is likely a season of heightened stress for the Pence family, according to the Daily Wire, Greg Pence reportedly told CNN reporter Manu Raju ahead of the hearing, “Don’t think about it at all,” declining further comment.
In addition to the Jan. 6 Committee hearings, as a U.S. Representative, Pence has his eye on the upcoming midterms, pending U.S. Supreme Court rulings, inflation and rising gas prices.
Recently, Pence wrote to the Secretary of Energy, Jennifer Granholm, and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Richard Glick, calling on the Biden administration to restore energy stability.
His letter, signed by several Indiana House members and senators, cited concerns regarding rising gas prices and potential power outages:
“‘The escalating energy crisis has spurred significant ramifications for hardworking Hoosier families, workers, and industry. As we head into the heat of summer, rising prices for electricity and critical fuels, including gasoline, diesel, natural gas, and coal, are further burdening homes and small businesses across Indiana.’”
“‘At the same time, recent reports from entities charged with overseeing the U.S. electric grid have raised serious concern for potential supply shortages and power outages this summer due to insufficient resource capacity. As one of the largest manufacturing centers in the nation, Indiana relies on a secure, reliable, and resilient electrical grid to produce American-made goods and sustain a robust workforce.’”
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