More on Pete Stark’s health

Rep. Pete Stark, D-Fremont, sent the following message to his Congressional colleagues today:

Dear Colleague:

To my friends and colleagues who have inquired about my health, here’s the latest.

The good news is, that after months in the hospital last year, there is no more pneumonia. Unfortunately, my lung capacity was diminished and for a while I need to use supplemental oxygen to operate at 100%.

So don’t panic if you see me with a little plastic tube at my nose. It’s a bit inconvenient, but it works.

Pete Stark

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.