Democrat Sheila Jackson Lee Diagnosed With Cancer
HOUSTON, TEXAS - NOVEMBER 18: Sheila Jackson Lee attends the UNCF "A Mind Is..." Gala at Hilton Americas-Houston on November 18, 2023 in Houston, Texas.
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Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) announced on social media late Sunday night that she was recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

The announcement comes after Lee lost her race last year to be the next mayor of Houston following the release of leaked audio tapes in which she berated staffers.

“My doctors have confirmed my diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. I am currently undergoing treatment to battle this disease that impacts tens of thousands of Americans every year,” she said. “I am confident that my doctors have developed the best possible plan to target my specific disease. The road ahead will not be easy, but I stand in faith that God will strengthen me.”

She said she would likely miss time in Congress as she pursues treatment, but her office would continue to support constituents without interruption.

“I am committed to working with our Congressional Leadership including Leader Hakeem Jeffries and the Speaker of House to serve this nation and be present for votes on legislation that is critical for the prosperity and security of the American people,” she said. “By God’s grace, I will be back at full strength soon.”


“Please keep me and my family in your prayers as you have always done,” she concluded. “Know that you will remain in mine. As always, God bless you and God bless the United States of America.”

Lee’s statement generated well wishes from across the political spectrum.

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