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.