Baltimore representative Elijah E. Cummings underwent heart surgery to correct a narrowing of the aortic valve at Johns Hopkins Hospital. His office said on Thursday that he would not be released for several days following the procedure.
Cummings, 66, an outspoken critic of the Trump administration, underwent a trans arterial aortic valve replacement, a minimally invasive procedure on Wednesday.
“The congressman will remain in the hospital for a few days and will return to his normal schedule thereafter,” a statement for his office said.
The procedure was not an emergency operation, but previously scheduled. Memorial Day recess for Congress began on Thursday – the House will return June 6, just one day after the Senate.
After serving 14 years in the Maryland House of Delegates, Cummings was elected to the district in 1996, becoming Maryland’s first African-American speaker pro tem.