Davenport senator has brain tumor


Iowa State Sen. Joe Seng announced in a Sept. 4 statement that physicians have determined he has a brain tumor.

“The tumor was discovered in tests conducted last week by physicians in Davenport and confirmed today. The tumor is located in my left parietal lobe — about at the top of my head,” said Seng, a veterinarian and member of St. Mary Parish in Davenport.


“The usual treatment for such a tumor includes combinations of surgery, radiation and/or chemotherapy, but my treatment plan will be determined after further tests and discussion with my physicians.

“I plan to be in my Senate seat in the Statehouse on the first day of the 2015 session.


“I am grateful for the prayers, support and encouragement that I have already received from my family, close friends and colleagues in the Legislature.”

In the same announcement, Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal of Council Bluffs said he spoke by telephone with Sen. Seng earlier in the week and found him to be optimistic.

“We all know that Joe Seng is tough as nails,” Gronstal said. “I’m betting on Joe Seng to win this battle and return to the Iowa Senate for the opening gavel in January.”

Senate President Pam Jochum of Dubuque stated: “Our thoughts and prayers are with Joe and his family. We respect the privacy of Joe and his family during this challenging time.”

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