Democratic Representative Raul Grijalva Reveals Battle with Cancer

Raul Grijalva (Credits: CNN)

Democratic Representative Raul Grijalva of Arizona shared on Tuesday that he has received a cancer diagnosis. Representing Arizona’s 7th Congressional District since 2003, Grijalva revealed his diagnosis after a medical examination for pneumonia due to a persistent cough.

He expressed confidence in the treatment plan developed by his medical team and affirmed his commitment to fighting cancer while continuing his congressional duties. Grijalva assured constituents that his office remains operational, with uninterrupted services and ongoing communication with his staff.

Throughout his tenure, Grijalva has been a prominent progressive voice in Congress, notably co-chairing the Congressional Progressive Caucus for a decade.

Democratic Representative Raul Grijalva (Credits: KTAR News)

His political endorsements in the Democratic presidential primaries of 2016 and 2020, backing Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, respectively, underscore his alignment with left-wing ideologies.

At 76 years old, it remains uncertain whether Grijalva will temporarily step back from his congressional responsibilities in Washington, D.C.

Representative Raul Grijalva (Credits: Fox News)

Given the elimination of proxy voting by Republicans in 2023, his absence could impact legislative proceedings, particularly with the current slim House majority. This situation underscores the significance of individual members’ participation in crucial votes.

Grijalva’s public announcement places him alongside House Majority Leader Steve Scalise as the second member of the 118th Congress to disclose a cancer diagnosis. Scalise’s diagnosis led to a temporary leave of absence for treatment earlier in the year.

Expressing empathy for others facing similar challenges, Grijalva concluded his statement by extending heartfelt support to all individuals battling cancer.