- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 19, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp is recovering from hip replacement surgery.

Heitkamp spokesman Jared Gilmour says the North Dakota Democrat had her right hip replaced on Monday in Bismarck. He says the surgery was “successful and she’s doing well.”

Gilmour says Heitkamp “is already communicating with staff and emailing as she normally would.”

Heitkamp is recovering in North Dakota and will be back in Washington, D.C. when the Senate’s summertime break is over.

The 59-year-old Heitkamp survived breast cancer in the early 2000s.

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