Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) announced today that he has been diagnosed with leukemia. Poe represents Texas' 2nd Congressional District, which is found entirely within Harris County and the city of Humble. It is a largely conservative district, and takes it a part of Houston and is home to former President George H. W. Bush.
In a statement released today, Poe said he intends to focus on his health and treatment for the blood disease during the coming Congressional recess that begins on July 15. He intends to receive treatment at the renowned M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Poe said in his statement that his congressional staff will attend to constituent and federal matters in his absence.
"I am fortunate enough to be treated by the finest physicians in the world," Poe said in his statement. "It is my intention to beat cancer and have a full recovery and continue to represent the people of Texas."
Poe was once a criminal court judge in Houston for 22 years prior to being elected to the House in 2004.
Poe is known for ending his daily speeches on the floor of the House with the words, "And that's just the way it is!" He ended his cancer announcement the same way, writing: "The Good Lord will fix this, I believe. And that's just the way it is."
House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., offered his support in a Twitter message, saying: "You can beat this."
Poe is 67 years old.
Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.