- Associated Press - Friday, January 31, 2014

KINGMAN, Ariz. (AP) - Arizona Rep. Doris Goodale, R-Kingman, will be tackling legislative issues full-time beginning in February when she temporarily moves to Phoenix for this year’s session.

Goodale attended opening day at the Legislature Jan. 13 and has been busy drafting bills and speaking with colleagues from her Kingman home, said legislative assistant Jana Babel from Phoenix. She also plans to seek re-election. Goodale is chair of the House Education Committee.

“I’m feeling great and I’m getting better and better,” Goodale said recently, after her therapy session in Kingman. “I’m definitely up to serving in the Legislature, otherwise I wouldn’t be going back there. The residents of this district need someone who can do the job for them. My doctor has given me neurological tests and says I’m capable of handling the job, so that’s my intent.”

Goodale, 64, was rushed to Sunrise Medical Center in Las Vegas on Sept. 21 after suffering a stroke while eating lunch with her sister. She was listed in critical condition at the time, but has since improved enough to be transferred home for long-term treatment.

She currently receives outpatient occupational and speech therapy three times a day, three days a week, at Kingman Regional Medical Center. Goodale said she still has some problems with numbness in her left side and uses a wheelchair, but has begun walking with the help of a walker.

Beginning Saturday, Goodale will move to Phoenix for the remainder of the session, which runs about 180 days, so she can attend as much as possible, and will participate in physical therapy three times a week while she is there. Also, she will be in attendance today for a meeting of the education committee.

“Quitting has not been an option for her,” Babel said of Goodale. “She wants to be here for the votes and for meetings of the education committee. Physically, it is a challenge for her, but emotionally and mentally, she’s very strong. She’s a trooper and this is her passion, and she’s very excited about it.”

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