Congressmember Mark DeSaulnier, who recently suffered a traumatic rib fracture when he fell during his daily run in Washington D.C., is in critical condition, according to his office.
DeSaulnier was admitted to the hospital on Friday, March 13, to treat complications from pneumonia that stemmed from the rib injury. He was in serious, but stable condition, and he tested negative for the coronavirus, or COVID-19.
“Unfortunately, Congressman DeSaulnier’s condition has deteriorated and he is in critical condition,” Betsy Arnold Marr, the congressman’s chief of staff, said in a statement today. “The doctors are doing everything they can to care for the Congressman. Mark’s family and staff appreciate your thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.”
DeSaulnier was elected to his current post in 2014 and represents California’s 11th Congressional District, which includes the majority of Contra Costa County. He previously served as a state senator, state assemblymember and as a member of the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors.
The Concord father of two sons is an avid runner who has completed twenty-one marathons and is also a cancer survivor. He was diagnosed with leukemia in 2015.