Dem Congressman Announces Cancer Diagnosis

Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) announced on Tuesday that he has been diagnosed with cancer.

Grijalva, who has represented Arizona’s 7th Congressional District since 2003, said in a statement that he had sought treatment for a persistent cough several weeks ago. Though initially diagnosed with pneumonia, Grijalva said further testing discovered cancer.

“This diagnosis has been difficult to process, but I am confident in the vigorous course of treatment that my medical team has developed, and I’ve begun my journey to fight this cancer,” Grijalva said.

Grijalva serves as the top Democrat on the House Natural Resources Committee and is a member of the Education and Labor Committee and Chair Emeritus of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. He is also a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

Grijalva said his offices will remain open and services uninterrupted.

“I am in regular communication with my staff and I continue to work as I undergo treatment,” he added.