Florida Congressman Alcee Hastings says he has pancreatic cancer but plans to remain in office as he fights the disease.
The 82-year-old Democrat said in a statement Monday that he's optimistic about his chances for survival and for being able to perform his duties.
Hastings was elected to the House in 1992 and is a member its Rules Committee.
He had previously served as a U.S. district judge but was impeached by the House in 1988 and convicted by the Senate on charges that he had accepted a $150,000 bribe from two co-defendants seeking a light sentence.
I was recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and am undergoing treatment at the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. I ask for your prayers at this time. Please see my full statement, below. pic.twitter.com/8CUIk1qFVY— Alcee L. Hastings (@RepHastingsFL) January 14, 2019