Iowa State Senator Battling Brain Tumor

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DES MOINES, Iowa — An Iowa state senator has revealed he’s been diagnosed with a brain tumor.

Dr. Joe Seng released a statement saying the tumor was discovered last week and after testing it was confirmed Thursday.

The tumor is in his left parietal lobe. A plan for treatment hasn’t been drawn up yet but Seng says, “I plan to be in my Senate seat in the Statehouse in the first day of the 2015 session.”

Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal issued a statement about Seng’s diagnosis. He says, “We all know that Joe Seng is tough as nails. I’m betting on Joe to win this battle and return to the Iowa Senate for the opening gavel in January.”

Seng is a Democrat and represents District 45 in eastern Iowa, which includes Davenport and part of southern Scott County. He was first elected to the Iowa Senate in 2010. He previously served in the Iowa House.

Dr. Seng is a veterinarian.

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