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Texas congressman announces remission from leukemia

U.S. Rep. Ted Poe calls the progress 'miraculous'

Texas Congressman Ted Poe was sworn in for his seventh term this week, as the 115th Congress begins.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The new year is already off to a great start for Houston-area Congressman Ted Poe. After being sworn in for a seventh term in Congress, he announced that he is in remission from leukemia.

Congressman Poe sent out a statement and also posted it on social media.

"Being sworn in is always an honor and a privilege, but this year is even more special for me. I am happy to also announce today that I am in remission from Leukemia. My fight is not yet over, but the progress that has been made in the last six months has been nothing short of miraculous, thanks to the Good Lord, the experts at MD Anderson Cancer Center, and the support and prayers of my family, friends, colleagues, staff and all of you. Since remission does not mean 'cancer free', I will continue to receive treatment both in Washington and Houston. After a challenging six months, I am grateful to be able to be here in Washington doing what I love to do: fight for Texas.”

Congressman Poe, who represents the second congressional district in Texas, had been battling leukemia since last summer. He announced his diagnosis in July.