- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 28, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman is officially back at work, casting his first vote in nearly three weeks.

The suburban Houston Republican and tea party favorite voted Tuesday in favor of considering a bill that would prohibit taxpayer-funded abortions. It was his first House vote since Jan. 9.

Stockman has launched a long-shot challenge of U.S. Sen. John Cornyn in Texas’ GOP primary in March, but dropped out of sight recently.

He missed almost 20 House votes while making just one major campaign appearance in his home state.

Stockman resurfaced Monday, saying he’d been part of an official delegation that made a 10-day trip to Egypt, Israel and Russia.

He bristled at suggestions he’d been missing - but provided few details on where he was before or after the overseas tour.

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