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State Rep. Bill Jenkin, R-Prosser, speaks at a Candidate Forum in October.

State Rep. Bill Jenkin, R-Prosser, said Wednesday he is “on the road to full recovery” after suffering a heart attack Friday evening.

In a statement, Jenkin said he will be remain away from Olympia for the next several weeks as he recuperates from quadruple bypass surgery at Kadlec Medical Center in Richland.

“I want to start off by thanking everyone for their prayers and well wishes,” he said. “My surgery was successful, and I am on the road to a full recovery. My doctors tell me that my numbers are now back to normal. This experience has been an invaluable health lesson learned.”

Jenkin said the House Republican caucus has temporarily filled the seats on the committees he is on and that work will continue on bills he has introduced this session.

State Sen. Maureen Walsh, R-College Place, and state Rep. Skyler Rude, R-Walla Walla, both wished Jenkin a speedy recovery. All three represent the 16th Legislative District, which covers Walla Walla and Columbia counties and portions of Benton and Franklin counties.

In an email, Rude said they are staying in contact with Jenkin and his legislative assistant to provide any support needed in his absence.

Jenkin said his office in Olympia will remain open and that people can contact his legislative assistant, Marge Plumage, with anything they need.

Andy Porter can be reached at andyporter@wwub.com or 526-8318.

Andy Porter has been with the Union-Bulletin since October 2000. His beats include Walla Walla County, city of College Place, Washington State Penitentiary, agriculture, environment as well as a wide range of general assignment topics.