Border congressman injured in fall at South Texas home


2nd term lawmaker is recovering at home after fracturing back

McALLEN, Texas (Border Report) — U.S. Rep. Vicente Gonzalez, a Democrat who represents several towns on the border with Mexico, fractured his lower back when he fell 12-feet from his home in McAllen last week.

“Last Thursday evening, I suffered a fall while working around my home. Thankfully, I received the immediate medical attention I needed,” Gonzalez said in a statement on Tuesday morning.

Gonzalez’ office said the congressman “sustained fractures to his lower back” and that doctors have ordered him to rest at home for 4 to 6 weeks.

“I’m currently working from home, following the advice of my doctors who expect a full recovery. I will continue my focus and work on the needs of the 15th Congressional District of Texas and will be back to my office as soon as I am physically able. I appreciate everyone’s prayers and well wishes,” Gonzalez said.

Gonzalez, who represents the 15th congressional district of South Texas, is currently in his second term and serves on the Financial Services Committee, and Foreign Affairs Committee, and is a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Congressional Oil & Gas Caucus, and Congressional U.S.-Mexico Friendship Caucus.

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