Sen. Haar returns after mild heart attack

2013-05-07T11:30:00Z 2013-05-07T20:49:10Z Sen. Haar returns after mild heart attackThe Associated Press The Associated Press
May 07, 2013 11:30 am  • 

A Nebraska lawmaker who suffered a mild heart attack has returned to the Legislature.

Sen. Ken Haar of Malcolm thanked his colleagues for their calls, prayers and letters during a brief floor speech Tuesday. The well-known environmental advocate struck a humorous tone, noting he suffered the heart attack while cutting down trees on Arbor Day.

Haar, a Democrat, joked about seeing a bright light, meeting his late father and promising to change parties if he could return to work.

Haar said he received a handful of "miracle drugs" to help treat his condition, but he didn't undergo surgery. He added that he spent less than 24 hours in the hospital and received a $22,000 medical bill.

Haar first was elected to the Nebraska Legislature in 2008.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.