Congressman Mark DeSaulnier remains in critical condition, “but is stable and continues to be characteristically resilient,” his sons Tristan and Tucker announced Tuesday.
“While his situation remains serious, he is showing progress as his doctors continue to treat his pneumonia,” they said in a statement. “His road to recovery is uncertain, ongoing, and will take time. Right now, our priority – and his – is ensuring improvement continues.”
DeSaulnier, 68, developed pneumonia stemming from a traumatic rib fracture he suffered after falling during his daily run in Washington D.C. He was admitted to the hospital on Friday, March 13, to treat complications from pneumonia. At the time, he was in serious, but stable condition, and he tested negative for the coronavirus, or COVID-19. However, his condition would deteriorate.
“Even in the most difficult times, Dad has always had faith that California and America are strong enough to face any challenge. And we believe the same of him,” Tristan and Tucker said.
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 resident is an avid runner who has completed 21 marathons and is also a cancer survivor. He was diagnosed with leukemia in 2015.