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Bridget Johnson


November 5, 2012 - 8:12 am

Looks like Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) is on target to achieve his goal of walking up the Capitol steps and returning to the upper chamber.

Kirk, who suffered a stroke in January, climbed 37 flights of stairs in Chicago’s Willis Tower over the weekend for a charity event. With his left leg in a brace, he used the handrail for support as his physical therapist observed. Kirk’s mom greeted him at the top with a hug.

Kirk told NBC Chicago that he plans on coming back for the 113th Congress in January.

Until then, the senator will continue his physical and speech therapy, and working from his Illinois office.

“I hope this gives a message to people across Illinois that may face stroke,” Kirk said during his first post-stroke interview.

The senator has documented his grueling road to recovery with a series of videos keeping constituents apprised of his progress.

“I want to thank the people of Illinois for their patience with this patient,” Kirk said in August.

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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