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Mark Kirk Returning To Senate For Start Of New Session

Jan 02, 2013 | Updated Jan 03, 2013

WASHINGTON -- Nearly a year after suffering a major stroke, Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) will be returning to the Senate on Thursday for the opening of the 113th session of Congress.

Kirk is scheduled to arrive at the Capitol at 11:30 a.m., where he will be greeted by some of his fellow senators, including Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.). According to CNN, Vice President Joe Biden also plans to greet Kirk when he arrives.

He will later hold a press conference with doctors and researchers from the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and Northwestern Memorial Hospital, who will discuss the treatment he underwent.

Climbing the stairs of the Capitol will be no small feat for Kirk, who was largely paralyzed on his left side after the stroke. In November, the senator climbed 37 flights in Chicago's Willis Tower.

Kirk has not cast a vote since suffering the stroke last January. He briefly returned to his Senate office on Dec. 20 to meet with his staff.

In a Chicago Sun-Times interview published Wednesday, Kirk said he would support an assault weapons ban when he returns to work.

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